One School, One Question 2017
Each year, a committee of students, teachers, and parents chooses one book for the whole school community to read. In the fall, we take half of a school day to discuss the ideas in the book as a school--with guest speakers, discussion groups, and panels.
This year we've decided to mix things up a little bit. Instead of a single title, we've chosen a single question, a question we think is especially appropriate given that we'll be having the discussion in the middle of a presidential election:
How Can I Make A Difference?
To join into the discussion, we’re asking each of you to read one (more if you’re so inclined) of the following works between now and the start of school in September:
1) Advocate for Justice. "I Am Malala" by Malala Yousafzai
Malala tells the story of how she made a difference for girls around the world through her fight for access to education in her village in Pakistan. Watch her interview with Jon Stewart on a 2013 episode of The Daily Show.
2) Serve Others. Charlie Mike by Joe Klein
The soldiers that columnist Joe Klein profiles in this non-fiction narrative made a difference when they served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Klein documents the story of how they tried to apply those lessons to their post-miltary life. Can community service fill the void in a mission-driven life for these veterans?
Watch two of the veterans talk to Stephen Colbert on the Late Show in 2015.
3) Tread Lightly on the Earth. "No Impact Man" by Colin Beavan
No Impact Man by Colin Beavan -- We all want to make a difference by reducing our impact on the planet, but author Colin Beavan takes it to the extreme by living for a full year with the goal of having a net zero environmental impact. Watch him discuss his book on CBS's Early Show in 2009.
4) Teach. "Coach" by Michael Lewis
The author of "The Blind Side" and "Moneyball" returns to his hometown in Louisiana to write a profile of a formative influence on his life -- his high school baseball coach. But he finds that the coach's hard-nosed methods aren't going over as well with modern teenagers.
5) Speak up against injustice. "The Hate U Give" by Angie Thomas.
The best-selling young adult novel in the country right now, this book centers around the life of a black teenager who lives in the city but attends a predominantly white school in the suburbs. She finds her voice when a friend of hers is killed in a police shooting and she needs to navigate the politics of both her neighborhood and her school.
Check out this video from the author for more information.