Social Justice & Human Rights

How do we help students to build a fair and just world?

Exemplary Essay on "Iraq Veterans, Activists for Peace"
by Eleanor Stevens
Eleanor Stevens, a student at Santa Fe Waldorf High School in New Mexico, read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "Why Iraq Veterans Can’t Stay Silent" by Sarah Olson. Read Eleanor's essay on filling the void of war, from taxpayer to soldier.
YES! Recommends—Zinn Education Project
by Jing Fong
The Zinn Education Project helps make sense of race and the role it has played in shaping society.
Words That Inspire: A Mix of Books (finally) on Mixed-Race People
by Jing Fong
Multiracial persons are the fastest growing demographic group in the country, but still gaining recognition. Now mixed race people can see themselves in books and be proud of who they are.
Understanding Multiracial America
by Jing Fong
By the midcentury, people of color will make up the majority in the U.S. These resouces will help students understand race and the experiences of multiracial people.
YES! Recommends: Teaching Diverse Students Initiative
by Jing Fong
How can teachers effectively teach diverse students when they struggle with their own understandings of race?
Americans Who Tell the Truth
by Jing Fong
Robert Shetterly's remarkable collection of portraits reminds us of the dignity, courage and importance of America's truth tellers. Here we offer curriculum tools to support the series.
Rethinking Schools
by Jing Fong
Like YES! Magazine, Rethinking Schools strives to be both visionary and practical. We are delighted to share three of many lesson plans from Rethinking Schools that get to the heart of a real-world education.
Visual Learning: Week of Nonviolence
by Jing Fong
Use this photo to ask your students what they notice and are wondering. Then share the facts behind the image to connect to greater understanding and discovery.
Connect and Engage: Making History
by Jing Fong
To teach happiness, be happy. Teachers, in particular, need support to be passionate and content in a challenging profession. The Center for Courage and Renewal's "Courage to Teach" supports this belief with essays, articles, and a retreat program.
Connect and Engage: Addressing Fear
by Jing Fong
Here are lesson plans and how-to resources forcoming to terms with false assumptions about immigrants, the current economic crisis, and walls that separate important relationships. Simply put, it’s about addressing fear with clarity and calmness.
Equality Ride :: Photos from the 2007 Tour
by Adam Britt, Amanda Harris
Photos from the 2007 Equality Ride, bringing 50 riders to conservative campuses to show the humanity and spirituality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.
Connect and Engage: Foreign Policy
by Jing Fong
As a teacher, helping your students understand foreign policy requires that you explore other cultures and nations and how they relate to the United States. Here are a couple of curriculum options to help you make that connection.
Teaching with the News
by Jing Fong
The Choices Program’s Teaching with the News initiative provides online curriculum materials and ideas to connect the content of the classroom to the headlines in the news. Its twelve lesson plans cover a range of foreign policy and international issues, from analyzing U.S. efforts to combat terrorism to exploring policy alternatives for relations with Iran.
Voices in Wartime
by Jing Fong
Curriculum tools and resources from the Voices in Wartime Education Project.
Connect and Engage :: Teaching Peace
by Jing Fong
Resources to accompany the December 2007 Education Connection newsletter on Teaching Peace: PeaceJam, Teaching Tolerance, Educators for NonViolence, Oxfam Education: Darfur-Teaching the Issues.