MELODY ELDER M.A. Ed. of Awakened Heart Parenting, will facilitate our conversation on the role of commercialism in the lives and well-being of children all ages from infancy through adolescence as well as the role commercialism plays in our learning environment. The evening will begin with a viewing of the compelling film, Consuming Kids, followed by discussion. Excerpt of film content: Consuming Kids throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and violent video games to bogus educational products and the family car. Drawing on the insights of health care professionals, children’s advocates, and industry insiders, the film focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing in the wake of deregulation, showing how youth marketers have used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children to one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world. Consuming Kids pushes back against the wholesale commercialization of childhood, raising urgent questions about the ethics of children’s marketing and its impact on the health and well-being of kids.
THIS WORKSHOP IS OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY. You do not need to be enrolled at TKG to attend. PLEASE VISIT knowinggarden.org OR awakenedheartparenting.com for more information. The workshop will be held in our classroom.
THE KNOWING GARDEN is a community Elementary school in the South Bay. Currently located at St.Andrew's Church in Redondo Beach, our school recognizes humans as natural learners and respects students' rights to collaboration, choice and play. We believe that a project-rich curriculum facilitated by hands-on learning and real-life experiences will prepare our students to be critical thinkers who become lifelong learners and active contributors to the global community. With credentialed teachers, parent participation and low-ratios, our learning plans emerge in partnership with students and families. Our students and family form a community that values respect, mindfulness, critical thinking, confidence and concern for the Earth. THE KNOWING GARDEN is a not-for-profit school with a public purpose. A 501(c)3 Organization.