Current Events &
Resources By Topic
EQUITY CURRENT EVENTS
BIPOC Isn't Working? What Should We Call People of Color?
This opinion piece in Newsweek provides an interesting perspective on the use of the term BIPOC and whether it should be used to describe people from backgrounds other than White.
PBS Newshour - The U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan
The Taliban is set to return to power in Afghanistan, 20 years after being ousted by U.S.-led military operations. The current situation in which thousands are fleeing the country has been referred to as a humanitarian crisis. What will Taliban 2.0 look like for Afghans? This website provides a resource lesson for teachers who wish to explore such issues.
Teaching About the Haiti Earthquake
Although it was created for the earthquake that took place in 2010, this webpage is currently being updated and offers a selection of website sources that teachers may find useful in teaching about the 2021 earthquake in Haiti and the ongoing humanitarian response. Please take time to look through and vet the resources thoroughly before presenting them in class, as some may be quite distressing. See also the 'Handling emotional issues' section of the page for help with student distress.
Inside the Haiti Earthquake is a "serious game" created for educational purposes, suitable for older students. Students can play the role of a survivor, a journalist, or an aidworker; the choices they make influence how the story progresses.
Critical Race Theory
EXPLAINED: The Truth About Critical Race Theory and How It Shows Up in Your Child’s Classroom This engaging and informative article discusses CRT's definitions, CRT's origins, and how it shows up in your child's classroom. It's definitely not the big bad wolf that some would like you to believe it is. In actuality, it's merely a theory that explicates the historical perspective of an honest, lived truth for many BIPOC in the US.
The Palestinian/Israeli Conflict
Facing History and Ourselves' Statement on the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict - We join Facing History and Ourselves in mourning the loss of life and bearing witness to the trauma wrought by the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Like FH, we believe that students in every classroom should be confronting difficult histories, wrestling with contemporary issues, and navigating challenging conversations. We also encourage informed and respectful dialogue that references primary sources and multiple perspectives and inspires empathy for all who are suffering. Addressing the recent violence requires careful preparation by both educators and students and Facing History provides many valuable resources to support this effort.
If you choose to engage with your students about these issues, we recommend reviewing their Teaching With Current Events Checklist. You may also want to consult several articles they offer that present a range of opinions and perspectives to help you and your students unpack the roots, causes, and impact of these events:
Council on Foreign Relations: Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
US Institute of Peace: What Sparked the Latest Israeli-Palestinian Confrontations?
As students navigate the news coverage of the recent events and the historical narratives of the conflict, they should also consider general ways in which distrust and hatred can engender violence and be reinforced by it. Facing History offers resources analyzing the dynamics of “us” versus “them” that illuminate how this dynamic connects to conflict and injustice. These resources also facilitate building empathy and trust across divides.
Facing History: Creating “We” and “They” (video: Kwame Anthony Appiah)
Facing History: When Does “Us” Turn Against “Them”? (video: Kwame Anthony Appiah)
Finally, we understand that this is a complex topic with many viewpoints and we have only begun to gather resources to support further conversation and learning. Multiple perspectives are vital to our understanding of one another's humanity. If your perspective is not represented in these resources, we welcome you to share additional resources with email@example.com
The Murder of George Floyd
The murder of George Floyd. The Derek Chauvin trial. These are heavy, challenging times for us all, but particularly for communities of color. Education Minnesota has compiled a list of resources for educators and parents to help children and adolescents cope with and process this, and other traumatic events.
The Surge in Asian American Violence
Asian-American Harassment related to the COVID-19 Outbreak - This page provides Resource Links to support AAPI students and/or other students who may be experiencing hate crimes.
Support for Grieving Students
The Coalition to Support Grieving Students - The Coalition’s purpose is to create and share a set of free, industry-endorsed resources that will empower school communities across America in the ongoing support of grieving students.
Anti Bias Training
Get Trained to End Harassment! - Hollaback is an awesome nonprofit working to end harassment — in all its forms. They believe that everyone deserves the resources to respond to, prevent, and intervene in instances of harassment. Therefore, they provide both customized and free anti-harassment training experiences. They have many free training sessions scheduled for March-May 2021 that speak specifically to Asian American discrimination. Check them out!
EQUITY RESOURCES BY TOPIC
Lookism (Includes Phenotype)
Perception of Beauty
Don't Just Read & Watch - Reflect Then Act!
As you explore the experiences on this resource page, there are some critical questions to simultaneously ponder about equity that will help you grow, process, and take action:
What does what I've learned have to do with me?
How can I explain these concepts to my children and other young people?
What emotions are conjured up as I read? What’s that about?
What can I change about my daily behavior, relationships, policies?
How do I take this new learning past pontificating and theorizing?
How does this information connect with previous things that I’ve learned?
How much more is there to learn?
Who can I share this with?
Can I form a racial affinity group?
How can I lead my friends, family, and peers in taking up this work?