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Seven Best Short Films to Introduce Values - Kieran Donaghy

Seven Best Short Films to Introduce Values - Kieran Donaghy
In an increasingly hyper-competitive and individualised world where isolation and loneliness are more and more prevalent, the role of universal values such as altruism, authenticity, community, compassion, creativity, determination, fairness, honesty, generosity, kindness, optimism, respect, responsibility, self-respect, tolerance, and wisdom in education is becoming increasingly important. Short films are a wonderful and engaging medium through which to introduce values into the classroom and to encourage students to reflect on values. How to Become a Better Person How to Become a Better Person created by Tracy Foster for The School of Life is a lovely animation which explores the values and virtues important in the modern world. The film is beautifully narrated by the popular philosopher and writer Alain de Botton. You can watch the film below and find a full lesson plan here. Educate the Heart Wisdom Kindness Success The Notebook Mary’s Meals Photo credit London Scout

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