White Supremacy in Education

We know white supremacy is woven into the fabric of American culture and society. It’s also woven into our education system. The Spring 2021 issue of Teaching Tolerance magazine, traces some of the threads of white supremacy through classrooms and schools—and how students, educators, and others are working to break those threads. 

Read this issue for stories about how white supremacy appears in curricula and policies, even in teacher training programs. Learn how educators and students are working to dismantle it in their communities. 

Seizing Freedom Podcast

Ending slavery in America required so much more than official declarations and battlefield victories.

Freedom gets built up over time—through a billion tiny, everyday acts. It’s there in the chance to enlist and fight for a cause. It’s there in the effort to reunite families torn apart by the cruelty of slave trading. It’s there in the right to learn to read or found a church or decide how you want to make a living. And it’s there in the insistence on the legal recognition of the right to do all these things.

That’s the freedom you’ll hear about on this podcast, and you’ll hear about it directly from the people who seized it. All of the stories on this show are drawn from archives of voices from American history that have been muted time and time again.

Guide on Ensuring Access to Education During the Pandemic

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has published a new practical guide on access to education in the context of COVID-19, the latest in a string of recent thematic publications and its second practical guide on the pandemic. [IACHR Press Release] The IACHR Rapid and Integrated Response Coordination Unit (SACROI) produced the guide in collaboration with the IACHR special rapporteurships on economic, social, cultural, and environmental rights and on freedom of expression. See IACHR, How to Ensure Access to the Right to Education for Children and Adolescents during the COVID-19 Pandemic? (2020). 

Women in Labor History

The impact women have made in labor history is often missing from textbooks and the media, despite the numerous roles women have played. From championing better workplace conditions to cutting back the 12-hour day to demanding equal pay across racial lines. Check out these profiles of women in labor history from the Zinn Education Project. 

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Happy Women’s History Month!

As we celebrate the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equitable future, let’s tap into that momentum to overcome the barriers women still face regarding equal economic opportunities, educational equity, women’s health, and an end to gender-based violence.

Check out these resources compiled by Human Rights Educators USA to teach about the issues that women and girls face around the world and how we can all work towards the realization of women’s empowerment and gender equality. 

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Also, check out these great resources on the fight for women’s equality from our partners: Learning for Justice, Teaching for Change, and the American Federation of Teachers.

Teaching About Feminism

by Educators 2 Social Change

In simple terms, feminism is the advocacy for equal rights and opportunities for all genders. Women have been viewed by many as the “weaker” sex for hundreds of years, but over the past few decades, particularly the past five years, women have been fighting again for their voices to be heard. From the fight for women’s suffrage to women’s marches to the #MeToo Movement, progress has been made regarding treating all genders equally, but there is still a long way to go, as women are continuously paid less than their equal male counterparts and often ignored or silenced in cases of sexual assault and/or domestic violence. By teaching students about feminism, educators are not only promoting equal rights for all genders but are also debunking the idea that “feminism” is a bad word, or even controversial.

There are many valuable resources available online for teaching students about feminism and gender equality. Feminism is often given a negative connotation, but feminists are simply fighting for equality between men and women, which is long overdue. These resources compiled by Educators 4 Social Change will help you in your journey of teaching students about feminism, women’s rights, and equality.

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Planet Classroom

Planet Classroom is a global network for youth by youth that brings together musicians, dancers, video game creators, filmmakers, innovators, and emerging technologists to entertain, educate and engage. The creators and curators focus on celebrating global oneness. They do this by showcasing powerful video storytelling, cultural workshops, and social impact innovations combined with interactive discussion on global challenges featuring voices from around the world. 

All programming on the Planet Classroom Network is made available for FREE.

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Black History Month Books for All Ages

From First Book

In 2020, educators and avid readers collectively recognized the urgency of reading anti-racist books and exercising self-education. It was apparent, perhaps more so than other years, why Black stories matter, especially in the classroom. While, in 2021 and beyond, recognizing Black pain and struggle remains an important focus, the curators of the First Book Marketplace for educators also work to strike a balance—highlighting books that celebrate Black joy, excellence, and progress.

Lori Prince, director of merchandising at First Book shared, “We want to make sure that all readers see the full breadth of the Black experience, not just stories of trauma and oppression.”

We may celebrate Black History Month in February, but Black history is now—this minute, this year, this decade. Give readers of any age the tools they need to learn more with First Book’s 28 books for 28 days, a hand-picked selection of fantastic reads, designed especially for educators.

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IJHRE Issue 5 – HRE and Black Liberation

Situating Black activism and movement building in its historical context, this special issue of the International Journal of Human Rights Education (IJHRE) features articles, essays, commentaries, and book reviews that put the longstanding call for Black lives to matter and the quest for Black liberation in conversation with human rights education as a field of scholarship and practice.

The IJHRE is an independent, double-blind, peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal dedicated to the examination of the theory, philosophy, research, and praxis central to the field of human rights education. This journal seeks to be a central location for critical thought in the field as it continues to expand.

Teach Amanda Gorman’s 2021 Inauguration Poem, The Hill We Climb”

National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman’s poem “The Hill We Climb,” written for the 2021 inauguration, presents a great opportunity for educators and students to discuss the ways creative expression can help us think about the meaning of democracy. Check out these great lessons below, to get inspired.