Social Justice & Human Rights

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

After 20 Years Reporting on Solutions, I’m Going on a Journey to Find Where Hope Lies Now
by Sarah van Gelder
YES! co-founder Sarah van Gelder sets out on a road trip to find the edge of change.
In a Place Where Teaching Girls Can Get You Poisoned, This Afghan Woman Got Men on Her Side
by Kristin Moe
How do you spark a movement in a conservative community? A Q&A with Razia Jan, founder of the Zabuli Education Center.
How #FergusonSyllabus Helps Teachers Discuss Police, Racism, and History
by Liz Pleasant
“Teachers are better prepared because #FergusonSyllabus created a space for exchange among educators about best practices and materials for illustrating the best and worst of our democracy.”
The Danger of Silence
When he was a kid, slam poet and teacher Clint Smith once gave up speaking for Lent. He found that his silence allowed his classmates to be bullied—and that he must use his voice speak up for truth and justice.
Dr. Edward Tick's Response to "Support for Veterans" Essay Winners
Dr. Edward Tick, co-founder of Soldier's Heart and author of "Heal the Warrior, Heal the Country," responds to winners of the Winter 2014 "Support for Veterans" essay competition.
Interactive Garment Industry Map
by Jing Fong
An interactive map of garment industry factories, designed in response to the Bangladesh disasters. Also explore a New York Times' Learning Network lesson, "Corporate Irresponsibility? Fashion’s Hidden Cost in Bangladesh’s Garment Industry."
Changing the Course of Dyslexia
by Bob Broudo
President and headmaster Bob Broudo of Landmark School passionately believes that we have a civic responsibility to help students with language-based learning disabilities discover who they are as learners and how they can learn.
Civil Rights Curriculum
by Jing Fong
In 1942, Fred Korematsu was arrested and convicted for refusing to go with other Japanese Americans to incarceration camps mandated under President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Executive Order No. 9066. The Fred T. Korematsu Institute for Civil Rights and Education shares lesson plans, videos, and other classroom resources to teach students the importance of speaking up for civil rights for all.
The Innocence Project and Prison Food
by Jing Fong
Use the Innocence Project’s interactive resources to understand the causes of wrongful convictions and exonerations, and see how your school's cafeteria food measures up to prison food with this tell-it-like-it is infographic.
Visual Learning: "Out of many, one"
by Katelin Carter
This Visual Learning lesson will get your students thinking about the growing number of organizations dedicated to making this world a better place, and how art has a magical, powerful way of making bold statements.
Horses as Healers
by Lorna Shepardson
What do you do with a teenager who’s angry, depressed, disconnected, or all of the above? Lorna Shepardson knows a magical gift horses possess that can help bring young people from the depths of darkness to a glimmer of self-confidence. This is Lorna’s story.
You Can’t Ignore Me Any Longer
by Jing Fong
Street artist JR brings art to improbable places, creating projects that force us to really see each other.
Waiting (or Not) for Superman
by Jing Fong
The documentary “Waiting for Superman” has stirred up conversation and debate about one of our nation’s biggest concerns—the state of public education. A follow-up campaign is under way to fix education. NOT Waiting for Superman, initiated by Rethinking Schools, says the film got the message all wrong.
YES! Recommends: Centre for Child Honouring, and Voices Education Project
by Jing Fong
If we made children our top priority, would we create a better world? The Centre for Child Honouring and Voices [Education Project] are helping create peaceful, sustainable societies.
YES! Recommends: Global Oneness Project
by Jing Fong
YES! recommends the Global Oneness Project for their inspiring and richly produced resources that explore how the radically simple notion of interconnectedness can be lived in our increasingly complex world.