Ideas for High School Physical Education and Family Studies Teachers
(Fall 2013 – Volume 26, Number 3) By Angene Wilson
Since I am a social studies teacher educator, I usually think about how articles in WorldView magazine can be used in a social studies class. In the fall issue, however, are stories that might appeal to Physical Education and Family Studies teachers.
- “Liberia: Raising the Roof: A scrappy basketball league lays the foundation for civic healing in Liberia” by Joe Jauregui
- “Botswana: The Swoop: A Botswana bus ride in five acts” by Mignon Senuta
Both articles are in the Fall 2013 issue of WorldView magazine.
The story about basketball in Gbarnga, Liberia in 1968 took me back to October 31, 1963 when, via a nationwide radio hook-up the people of Liberia were treated to a spectacular game as up-country Suehn Industrial Academy which practiced on a dirt court the students constructed themselves, beat the All Stars, a Monrovia team, 49-42, at the YMCA gym. Both teams were coached by Liberia I Peace Corps Volunteers. Wrote my husband, the Suehn coach, in a letter home: “We won on teamwork. Tarr made 21 points and took 16 rebounds just to prove he is the most valuable played in the league (Tarr lives outside Washington DC now). I will stop my bragging by saying that not many people ever have the opportunity to take a group of boys, make a team out of them and then coach them to eight straight victories and the title of Number 1 team in the nation.”
The story by Mignon Seuta, set in Botswana, took me back to Liberia as well where I remember once holding a toddler on my lap in the front seat of the school truck going to Monrovia – he didn’t wait to pee outside the bus! Seuta’s story also took me back to Sierra Leone where our own toddler Miatta became expert at drinking orange Fanta out of bottles – no water was sold on the roadside in 1966!
For PE Teachers: Give your students a global perspective about sports by encouraging them to read the stories about soccer the world over as well as about baseball in Ukraine and basketball in Liberia. Two articles describe the One World Futbol Project which has distributed more than 500,000 balls in 162 countries and Grassroot Soccer which builds life skills through soccer-based activities.
For Family Studies Teachers: Ask students to read “Letter from Botswana: The Swoop” which describes in five acts how a Peace Corps volunteer riding a bus swoops up a child to sit on her lap to help out a traveling mother who may also have a baby on her back. “In Botswana, her children are our children,” the volunteer has learned. Or we might say, “It takes a village to raise a child.” In what ways do Americans believe and practice or don’t believe and practice those aphorisms?