Education and Civil Rights
The world has been captivated by the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani student and education activist who was shot and nearly killed last year on her way to school simply because she insisted upon access to an education. Today, she has recovered and is the youngest nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize in history. What can we learn from the stories of others who have been denied education and fought for their civil rights?
For Our Network Teachers
Explore the history of education in the United States with School: The Story of American Public Education.
View Mendez vs. Westminster to learn about an important early milestone in the desegregation of American schools.
Watch The Road to Brown, which documents the legal campaign against segregation that launched the civil rights movement, as African Americans struggled for full equality under the Constitution.
In Childhood Memories, Holocaust survivors and witnesses discuss the discrimination they faced in school in Nazi Germany.
Jacqueline Bhabha explains how UNICEF defines the essential elements of the right to education--the right to access, the right to quality education, and the right to respect within the learning environment—and explains some of the barriers to these rights in an international context.
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An innovative new resource for educators in a Jewish setting, Facing History’s Sacred Texts, Modern Questions takes readers on a journey between the sacred texts and the questions that shape our present. From moral courage in Pharaoh's Egypt, to struggles of conscience and faith in Hitler's Europe, to readings from today's influential thinkers, Sacred Texts, Modern Questions promotes an understanding of how Jewish values can inspire students to combat prejudice with compassion, and indifference with participation.