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June 9th, 2008
Are All Children at the Same Starting Gate?

Media Components

  • WIDE ANGLE BACK TO SCHOOL online video and its program accompaniments

Computer Resources

  • computers with Internet access
  • LCD projector and projection screen

Print Resources
(Note: Various reports from organizations under Web resources are available via PDF or can be sent by or purchased from respective organizations.)

  • Bruns, Barbara. ACHIEVING UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION BY 2015: A CHANCE FOR EVERY CHILD. Washington, DC: World Bank Publications, 2003.
  • Cohen, Joel E., David E. Bloom, and Martin B. Malin, eds. EDUCATING ALL CHILDREN: A GLOBAL AGENDA. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2007.
  • Wagner, Cynthia C. “Developing Nations Close Education Gap: Emerging Nations May Approach Universal Literacy by 2035.” THE FUTURIST 40, no. 3 (2006): 16 (2).

Web Resources


General background

Materials Needed

  • student graphic organizers/worksheets
  • chart paper and markers
  • 8″ x 11″ adhesive-backed paper and colored markers or pencils (enough for three to four per student)


Students recognize developing nations’ socioeconomic struggles and obstacles and their impact, particularly on children.

Teacher Preparation

Preview BACK TO SCHOOL (decide whether the class will view the entire video in one sitting) and related online content before presenting them to your class. During the preview, create a list of the myriad issues associated with global education; these include poverty, class, government involvement, war/conflict, violence, gender gaps, child labor, cultural expectations, tradition, HIV/AIDS, discrimination, children’s role in the family, family values/beliefs with regard to education, and educational financing/incentives. These are among the issues (add others) that students will address in the activities.

Bookmark relevant Web sites on each computer in your classroom, and/or create a handout that lists recommended sites and resources that supplement the lesson; or upload all links to an online bookmarking utility, such as, so that students can access the information on these sites. Make sure that your computer has the necessary media players, like RealPlayer, to show streaming clips (if applicable).

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