Mr. Cowells shared a website with me the other day and told me the world population was about to break 7.5 billion. The website is fantastic. You can see world population over time. Countries by population and population density. It tracks births today and deaths today.
It's a little depressing if you imagine yourself devalued down to just a number.
But there's another way to look at it: think about all the experience and value each one of those numbers has. The knowledge and skills, the love, the will. There's something to be said for the notion that nothing is new. That the sun rises and the sun sets on empires, let alone human lives. And that there's nothing new under it.
But there's also something to be said for individuality, innovation, freedom of thought, and human capital. That right now, in this moment, I exist.
To get the extra credit for reading and discussing the blog with an adult today, students have to check out this website for at least 5 minutes. (The adult can look at it with them, or they can go scroll through their phone or do whatever they want... They were here for the blog part...)
THEN, students have to find a scrap of paper and write five things they found on the website. Discuss those five things with the adult, and have the adult sign the paper.
Turn it in tomorrow in the extra credit spot.