Teaching Current Events: Bigotry and Hate

Hate is in the headlines around the world. These resources offer sensitive entry points to confront troubling violence and injustice, including terrorism, genocide, and attacks on human rights.

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Antisemitism & Religious Intolerance

Responding to the Synagogue Attack in Colleyville, Texas

This Teaching Idea is designed to help guide an initial class discussion on the hostage situation at Congregation Beth Israel of Colleyville, Texas.

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Justice & Human Rights

African Americans and the History of "Human Rights"

While the concept of “human rights” figures prominently in the domestic policy and public life of many nations around the world, history reveals that the United States took a decidedly different path. As historian Carol Anderson details in her book Eyes Off the Prize (2003), the nation’s use of the concept reflects its history of racism—one in which narrower notions of “civil rights” gained currency in domestic affairs over and against the broader conceptions of “human rights” that remain central to the nation’s foreign policy. Having observed the inability of the U.S. government to uphold even the “civil rights” ostensibly guaranteed to them by the U.S. Constitution and legislation, a series of African American leaders have nevertheless invoked the language of “human rights” to underscore the urgency of their situation on the international stage. These figures⁠—including W.E.B. DuBois, William Patterson, Malcolm X, and Tommie Smith⁠—have played vital roles in an underacknowledged story of Black people leading global antiracist movements while also pushing their own country to be better. Moreover, this multigenerational story of vision, persistence, and recurring difficulty brings the historic significance of the recently announced United Nations investigation into human rights abuses against Black people around the world into sharper focus.

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Global Immigration
Justice & Human Rights

Different Perspectives on Migrant Detention

In this Teaching Idea, students gain insight into migration and the systems surrounding migrant detention by considering the perspectives⁠ of migrants, an immigration lawyer and advocate, a border guard, and an immigration judge.

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Global Immigration
Justice & Human Rights

Why Do People Migrate?

In this Teaching Idea, students reflect on stories of migration and learn about migration from El Salvador to the United States as a means of exploring the underlying factors that drive migration.

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Antisemitism & Religious Intolerance

Stereotypes, Media, and Islamophobia

This Teaching Idea is designed to help students reflect on how the movies, shows, and books we consume can reinforce stereotypes about Muslims and the harmful impact stereotyping has on people's lives.

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Antisemitism & Religious Intolerance

Responding to Rising Antisemitism

Inform students about the rising number of antisemitic incidents in the United States and explore the story of one teacher’s response to an antisemitic incident involving high school students in her community.

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Democracy & Civic Engagement
Justice & Human Rights

The Equal Rights Amendment: A 97-Year Struggle

This teaching idea provides an overview of the ERA and a look at the history behind the struggle to ratify the amendment that would formally guarantee women equal rights to men under the US Constitution.

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Antisemitism & Religious Intolerance
Race in US History

Acts of Hate in Schools

Use this Teaching Idea to inform students about recent episodes of racism and antisemitism in schools across the US, probe their causes and impact, and consider positive ways that communities can respond to hate.

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Antisemitism & Religious Intolerance

Responding to Contemporary Antisemitism in the Classroom

As the nation reacts to the wave of antisemitic attacks that have occurred in cities including New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago in recent weeks, educators are faced with unique challenges. By creating safe spaces for reflection and questioning, by offering context and lessons from history, and by sharing examples of compassion and resistance, teachers can play a vital role in responding to acts of hate.

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Justice & Human Rights

Who Are the Kurds?

The Kurds are the largest ethnic group in the world without a state, and they often play important roles in politics and conflicts in the Middle East. This Teaching Idea helps students answer questions like “Who are the Kurds and why are they divided among so many countries in the Middle East?”

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Race in US History
Justice & Human Rights

Indigenous Rights and Controversy over Hawaii’s Maunakea Telescope

Provide students with historical context for understanding the protests against the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea and help them explore the reasons why many Native Hawaiians oppose its construction.

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Race in US History
Democracy & Civic Engagement
Justice & Human Rights

The Debate over Reparations for Racial Injustice

With reparations in the news, this Teaching Idea helps students define the term, learn what forms reparations can take, and consider what reparations should be offered for slavery and other racist policies.

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