N E W S L E T T E R
Welcome to Healthy Relationships Newsletter, No. 1 Update, 1997
It is almost three years since Healthy Relationships was launched, and interest is mounting both in Canada and in the United States. In an effort to find out how the curriculum is actually being used, Men For Change took to the phones and spoke with some of the early adopters. From classrooms to youth centres, these violence-prevention activities are being molded and shaped to fit the needs within each particular setting. In chronicling these curriculum implementations, our purpose is twofold: to offer fresh ideas to those who are already using Healthy Relationships, and to open a window through which others can view this living, breathing curriculum in its real world context.
Andrew Safer, Editor
C O N T E N T S
- Curriculum Selected for Three-Year Evaluation
Update February 1997
"Our research assistants are excited and challenged by what is going on in the classroom, and we are very pleased with the response we're getting from school administrators and teachers."
- A Challenge for Educators
"On the basis of time alone...the entertainment industry is the first curriculum in young peoples' lives."
- The Making of this Curriculum
"We began to look for proactive ways to take responsibility for male violence, and to contribute towards the evolution of a violence free society."
- In Ontario, Gender Analysis is Key
"HRC looks at stereotyping of both men and women as victims of socialization. It's not one half of the population that's at fault."
- Educating for Change
Recommended Materials on Violence Against Women and Children.
- Gender Reactions Differ in B.C.
"From her vantage point, Hill has noticed different gender-based reactions to some of the material she's presented."
- Public Health Nurse Uses Healthy Relationships Curriculum
"I'm going to start a project in junior high schools on awareness, violence, and bullying..."
- Multiple Applications in Edmonton
"This material provides a way to stimulate discussion and to develop strategies for intergenerational connections."
- Breaking New Ground With Youth Corrections Programming
"It's been a real plus for us to be able to go to something that's already out there, and to be able to use it as a source of strength."
- Students Promote Zero Tolerance for Violence
"The $64,000 question remains: Is the curriculum actually making a difference in the students' attitudes and behaviours? MacNeil says it is."
- Going to the Heart of the Matter in Dade County, Florida
"The reason your curriculum is so good is because it touches the soul. It goes to the heart of the matter. It is not superficial."
- A Foundation for Other Programs
"Sometimes Healthy Relationships is not used overtly in program delivery. Instead, it's used behind the scenes."
- Children's Aid Uses Healthy Relationships
"The boys have had problems in relation to sexuality...We have found (HRC) a very useful reference and resource."
- Curriculum Supplement: Gender Justice
Some suggestions which expand this unit of the Grade 9 curriculum.
- Organizations that have ordered Healthy Relationships
Update December 1997
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