An Open Mind!

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Who are you? Where do you come from? 

Both simple, yet very difficult questions to answer. Interestingly, your answers may change over time and both are thoughts I questioned of myself when first reading Sophie’s World in 2000.

Let’s Open Our World asked 67 people from all over the world to take a DNA test, and it turns out they have much more in common with other nationalities than they would ever have thought.

It’s easy to think there are more things dividing us than uniting us. But we actually have much more in common with other nationalities than you’d think.  Despite this video being published over 5 months ago, I only came across it last week! Nonetheless, it is worth sharing widely on your social media networks. It would also make a fantastic assembly, so please, do share this with your students and colleagues.

The DNA Journey:

Plan your assembly?

You can watch more individual stories here. Why not use the 5 Minute Assembly Plan to integrate DNA, nationalities and community into a school assembly?

2. The 5 Minute Assembly Plan
2. The 5 Minute Assembly Plan

If you do use the video in an assembly or during a registration class with a tutor group, I’d love to know how it was received.

TT.

@TeacherToolkit

In 2010, Ross Morrison McGill founded @TeacherToolkit from a simple Twitter account through which he rapidly became the 'most followed teacher on social media in the UK'. In 2015, he was nominated as one of the '500 Most Influential People in Britain' by The Sunday Times as a result of being most influential in the field of education. He remains the only classroom teacher to feature to this day ... Sharing resources and ideas online as @TeacherToolkit, he has built this website (c2008) which has been described as one of the 'most influential blogs on education in the UK', winning the UK Blog Awards (2018). Read more...

3 thoughts on “An Open Mind!

  • 20th November 2016 at 7:52 am
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    Really interesting isn’t it – our genetic heritage actually unites humanity, but trivial differences between supposed ‘racial groups’ are often used as excuses to divide. Always took time out of the curriculum for this when teaching about genetics. Really it should be IN the curriculum. A good (short) science book on this, and much more, is ‘The doctrine of DNA’ by Richard Lewontin.

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