History in your pocket

We still have no women on U.S. paper currency. In 2016, a decision was made to put abolitionist Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill and move former president Andrew Jackson to the back, but the current administration so far seems unwilling to do this.

There are plenty of other women who might also be appropriate, and Google has a new app out that uses A.R. to help you visualize this new faces on currency.

A research idea:

Find out how many women are on currency around the world, or in a country you’re studying about.

A writing / speaking prompt:

Which Japanese women do you think would be good to put on paper currency here? Who would you trade out and why?

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The best of 2017, part 1

(image from Pixabay)

Today and tomorrow, I’ll share a couple of lists about the best of last year. Today is a list of “The 99 best things that happened in 2017” (from Quartz).

Some inspiring statistics on the list:

#27: Eleven countries are building a wall of trees on the border of the Sahara desert to slow desertification, and it’s already working. (video from BBC)

#38: 16,000 schools were built in Afghanistan, where the literacy rate increased by 5%, and the youth literacy rate increased by more than 16%. (from USAID)

#68: Almost a quarter (23%) of worlwide parliamentary seats are occupied by women. That’s up from 12% 20 years ago. (this and much more about gender equality from the World Bank)

#71: The number of biracial couples in the U.S. is now at 17%, five times as many as there were 50 years ago, when it was legalized in 1967. (from Pew Research)

#99: India and Italy banned the use of wild animals in circuses, making the total 40 countries which have done this. (from Inhabit)


Something you could do in your portfolio: make a list of a few of the best things that happened in Japan in 2017.

The sister’s story

I found this on Open Culture, with more information and another video about the forgotten sister of one of the world’s most famous composers. The movie trailer is in French, with English subtitles. It came out in 2010. The French title is “Nannerl, la soeur de Mozart” and the Japanese title is 「ナンネル・モーツァルト哀しみの旅路」