|Source: "The Life And Times Of Nelson Mandela," from the Nelson Mandela Centre Of Memory|
Children of the 1980s grew up with Apartheid in their daily consciousness. They heard news reports about protests and crackdowns, and they regularly reminded each other which collusive corporations to boycott. Children today, however, even at the Advanced Placement and collegiate ranks, often spend no more than a few minutes of one class period noting the sorrows of the Apartheid era before moving on to the next test topic.
It can be particularly difficult for teachers of younger learners to encapsulate these decades of discrimination and violence in an age-appropriate way. It can be equally as challenging to summarize Mandela's life, with its exuberant achievements and its occasional contradictions, in a clear manner.
|Source: The Nelson Mandela Centre Of Memory|
|Source: Know More, from The Washington Post|
|Source: ABS-CBN |
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For statistical data, an unambiguous graph from the Washington Post's Know More blog reveals "How Nelson Mandela Transformed South Africa In One Chart." The rise in national pride tracks closely with Mandela's own return to the citizenry.
For other educational resources in teaching about Mandela, we highly recommend:
- The Best Sites For Learning About Nelson Mandela, from Larry Ferlazzo
- 9 Questions About Nelson Mandela You Were Too Embarrassed To Ask, from The Washington Post
- Nelson Mandela Infographic Timeline
- Who Was Nelson Mandela? (Infographic)
By the way, many thanks to our colleague Stefani Rosenthal (@StefRosenthal) for suggesting the idea for this post.
|Source: Anatomy Of Data|