Curriculum studies what puts people on street

In five gritty skits they wrote themselves and that will premiere thisweek, teens at Bur Oak Secondary School in Markham portray some of thereasons people land on the streets. Their creation is part of anexperimental new curriculum developed by York University that is acornerstone of a new awareness project on homelessness.

In five gritty skits they wrote themselves and that will premiere this week, teens at Bur Oak Secondary School in Markham portray some of the reasons people land on the streets. Their creation is part of an experimental new curriculum developed by York University that is a cornerstone of a new awareness project on homelessness.

The Homeless Hub website, run by York’s faculty of education, is believed to be the world’s first user-friendly clearing house on homeless issues from videotaped testimonials to reports from front-line workers and scholarly research made easy to read.

As part of the move to bust stereotypes and boost awareness, York has developed lesson plans on this uneasy topic, plus primers for students themselves. The drama unit was being pilot-tested at Bur Oak. Drama teacher Cameron Ferguson helped write the new curriculum.

 
 
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