Push for Ethnic Studies in Schools Faces a Dilemma: Whose Stories to Tell

Discuss a recent instance of police brutality in your community. Read op-eds arguing for and against legal status for unauthorized immigrants. Compare and contrast border conditions in the Palestinian territories and Mexico. Those are some of the lesson plans suggested in a draft of California’s newly proposed ethnic studies curriculum for K-12 public schools. The documents have led to bitter debate in recent weeks over whether they veer into left-wing propaganda, and whether they are inclusive enough of Jews and other ethnic groups. Now, amid a growing outcry, even progressive policymakers in the state are promising significant revisions. Complete Article  HERE

Picture of refugees, esp. children in Uganda

Meaningful Education of Refugee Children Remains Far-Fetched Dream

Uganda has been branded ‘a country with an open-door policy for refugees.’ Under international law, Uganda, as a host country, is under an obligation to protect, promote and implement all human rights and freedoms of all refugees without discrimination. Key among these is the right to education, which is an indispensable component for the realization of many other rights. . . . However, the meaningful integration of refugee children and children of refugees especially in urban public schools remains a far-fetched dream specifically due to policy challenges. Complete Article HERE

Picture of hand releasing dove in flight

Peace is Not The Absence of War

Albert Einstein said, “Peace is not merely the absence of war but the presence of justice, of law, of order—in short, of government.” Peace has different definitions, but in a nutshell, it is a tool or means to end war or conflict. . . . Kenya ought to resolve issues which are pending to avoid conflict in future . . . foster a culture of peace through education by embracing a curriculum advocating for attitudes and behaviors on building a culture of peace, including peaceful conflict-resolution, dialogue, tolerance, consensus-building and active non-violence. Complete Article HERE

Israelis protesting Peretz re: LGBTQ

LGBTQ Teachers Threaten Strike Unless ‘Dangerous’ Education Minister Sacked

Thousands of teachers in Israel have signed a petition demanding that Education Minister Rafi Peretz be sacked for openly backing therapy aimed at converting gays to heterosexuality. Peretz, a rabbi who leads the Union of Right-Wing Parties, sparked an uproar after telling Channel 12 in an interview over the weekend that he supports conversion therapy and has been involved in it. His statement drew widespread criticism from across the political spectrum, protests and calls for him to be fired. Complete Article HERE

Wall of Remembrence: PEW- States Teaching Holocaust

As Hate Incidents Rise, States Require Teaching the Holocaust

Ignorance about the Holocaust is growing, particularly among young people. A survey last year showed that two-thirds of U.S. millennials were not familiar with Auschwitz, the largest Nazi death camp complex, located near Krakow, Poland. James Waller, a professor of Holocaust and genocide studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire, said there is merit to teaching in “ways that connect the Holocaust and genocide with everyday people—in dehumanizing, ‘other-izing,’ discrimination and so on. … I think when teachers are intentional about those connections, I think it can do some good,” he said. “It is when the course is just taught as history that it makes it easy for students to say, ‘It happened then, it happened there, it has no relevance here.’”   Complete Article  HERE

WAPCF participants gather for a picture

Africa: How The Teachings of Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Inspire Ghana’s Youth

Wisdom Addo from Ghana is the executive director for West Africa Centre for Peace Foundation. Addo has over seven years of experience working with young people in schools and communities—mobilizing and training them on peace building, conflict resolution, leadership skills, and community developments. His foundation is helping young people in Ghana build on these skills while also promoting peace, tolerance and respect for human rights in schools and communities. Complete Article HERE

Madrassa Students

Madrassas In Pakistan: Essential For Literacy And Economic Elevation

Madrassas, in the West, are considered dens of terror and are held responsible for inciting extremism and terrorism. This picture presented today is not entirely correct as the madrassa educational system has a rich history. In recent times, however, some of the madrassas have indeed been used for negative purposes intentionally or unintentionally; but reformed and modern madrassas are required in Pakistan to educate the highly illiterate young population … Complete Article HERE

Eton Private School students walking to and from class

Private Schools Can Serve the Public Well

I would welcome a debate about the role of independent schools within our education system. In particular, I would like us to consider how such schools could become engines of social mobility, rather than privilege, to ensure that “the might of private schools” can be harnessed for the benefit of all. … Not all of the pupils who attend private schools come from wealthy families. Many hard-working parents pay for their children with special educational needs to go to small independent day schools for the kind of help they do not get in state schools.   Complete Article HERE

"Optimism, trust and curiosity build peace, inspire deeper learning and empower youths" superimposed on picture of pink and white daisies

Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: Shaping Diverse Lives

Our social and cultural backgrounds shape our lives and can deeply and personally influence how we behave and treat others. Possibly one of the most difficult challenges many teachers face is recognizing the power dynamics between themselves and their students, as well as between the students themselves. Having grown up in an education system in which I was a minority and faced discrimination, this aspect took a central role during my time leading the classroom later in my life. Complete Article HERE

Drawing of 2 children playing video game together

UN Workshops Help Students Design Course Curriculum Through Online Games

A UN research institute has begun a series of workshops to offer a platform to children, ages 14-17, using digital games to design their own curriculum. By using game elements, students are learning about climate change, gender roles, economic equality and more. The program, where participants access a digital platform utilizing artificial intelligence, is available to students in both private and public schools.   Complete Article HERE