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WorldView Good Reads: Off the Press for September 2020

Published: September 29, 2020

Here are good reads from around the globe that have caught our attention during the month of September.

Imagine for one minute what a better future would look like. Greta Thunberg, Pope Francis and others say now is the time to talk about the future we want.  

Sign Languages Are For Everyone. 72 million people around the world are deaf. They rely on around 300 different sign languages. Wednesday was International Day of Sign Languages. It offers an opportunity to support and protect the linguistic identity and cultural diversity of all sign language users. This year, the World Federation of the Deaf challenged global leaders to show their support for sign language rights. See how they did here. Being deaf doesn’t mean you can’t be part of the conversations about global issues, says Nyle DiMarco. Learn international sign from this Youth Camp Guide produced by a camp group for the deaf in Singapore. See a comparative demonstration of Danish, British, American, and German Sign Languages here and one of  Japanese, American and French Sign Languages here.  

Citizen of the World. One hundred and fifty years ago, in a small Italian village, a girl was born who would change the face of education. Her name was Maria Montessori. “To achieve the marvel of humanity,” she said, “you must look at the mysterious construction of the child." The Montessori movement began with her first Casa dei Bambini in 1907 in San Lorenzo, Rome, Italy. Through her observations and work with children she discovered their astonishing, almost effortless ability to learn. Children taught themselves! This simple but profound truth formed the cornerstone of her life-long pursuit of educational reform. Today, Montessori principles touch the lives of children and adults across the world, including through its initiative Educateurs sans Frontières.  

My Hand in Your Hand. To celebrate the power of children to transform the world, the Montessori International Foundation is inviting children around the world to sing, play, record and share a song. Send us your video or audio clips, they say! As inspiration they have chosen the song My Hand in Your Hand from Passing Clouds - Mindfulness Songs for Kids (and their Grown-ups) by Kate Oliver, a musician and mom to three kids. They look forward to having the song performed in as many languages as possible. The clips will be posted on this website enabling Montessori voices across the globe to join and create beautiful harmonies: 

My hand in your hand 
Come stand next to me 
My land is your land 
It’s plain to see… 

Follow these links to find sheet music (at the bottom of the page), the lyrics in English (including a gender-neutral version) and lyrics in French.

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