Some resources on randomly-selected events from the week:
- Pope Francis’ address to Congress transcript, in which among other things he urges Americans to exercise compassion for migrants from Central America.
- Today is Eid al-Adha: “the [Muslim] Feast of Sacrifice, commemorating Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son and God’s mercy in allowing him to substitute a ram.” An explainer is here.
- Yesterday was Yom Kippur: Orthodox Jews celebrate in a pictorial essay, and there’s an explainer available here.
For an introduction to comparing and contrasting the world’s major monotheisms, check out the Case Study: Religious Literacy (Monotheisms) in Civics. And in totally unrelated news:
- Virtual reality is coming to an affordable place: the Oculus Gear VR headset will be $99 — you and your students should start planning how you’ll want to use it now!
I’m very excited about that last bit of news — how you could research, create, and then explore historical landscapes and places. The difficulty of doing so (even with more affordable technology) might also give us a healthier appreciation for actual reality.
[The featured image is of President Barack Obama bidding farewell to Pope Francis following a private audience at the Vatican, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)]
UPDATE 10/1/2015: Virtual reality is even more affordable than I previously knew! Check out the headsets available (starting at around $15) at Google Cardboard, then either buy one or build it yourself, load up your smartphone with apps and put it in the headset, and go! Click here for a video introduction on YouTube.