United We Stand

I will make this brief because the video I am sharing with you today is more important than my words.

As you may be aware, I teach at NDSU. In one of my classes we have been discussing social epidemics and the ways to effectively spread messages. In light of the current division in the country, I challenged my students to create a unity message as a class using the current mannequin challenge trend. They had only a short period (about 15 minutes) at the end of one class period to decide on what message they wanted to convey and how they would do it and another class period to create the message. They had to work as a collective on this project.

I hoped that this challenge would accomplish a few things. First, I hoped that it would promulgate a dialogue about the way in which unity could and should be conveyed visually. Second, I hoped it would give them both the freedom and license to convey a message of their choosing in a way they saw fit.  And third, I hoped it would remind them of the power they have to contribute to important dialogues.

This is what they created: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q75nFEHpASo&feature=youtu.be

I think they did a great job! I am very proud of them.

Please watch and share their video far and wide to let them, and so many other young people like them, know that the future is theirs to shape.

Another day in the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

2 Responses

  1. Paul Cline

    Amazing. I teach at UND & chaffe at the disrespect shown millennials. They are smarter in their sleep than we are awake. They are also more militant than we were. We were too busy inventing AIDS & great music. They are out to change the world.

  2. tim haering

    It is a moving video. I like SImon and Garfunkel better. I’m old. It is important for them to remember that making a difference is won by being the change you wish to see in the world. Living the principles you espouse is unsung, unglamorous, mostly thankless, and infinitely harder than any social media creation.

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