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Teaching Clothes, Class, Consumption through Writing

Published July 12, 2007 Posted by
Linda Christensen gets students to read and write critically about clothes, class, and consumption in Can't Buy Me Love: Teaching about clothes, class, and consumption:

"I realized when I first stumbled on this writing assignment that I touched a place of pain and shame that needed to be explored more fully. Students knew they hurt, but they didn't have a social critique to help them understand their humiliation. They internalized the shame of poverty and blamed themselves or their families instead of criticizing a society that places more value on what we own than on our capacity for compassion or good work. In every lesson I construct, I want to puncture holes in the myths that make my students feel shame and doubt about themselves and their families."

Read the rest: Rethinking Schools, Summer 2007
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