Dear colleagues, We are pleased to be able to share with you the "Human Rights Education in Idaho" project, which has culminated in the creation of a scope-and-sequence for human rights education that is linked with Idaho's Social Studies Curriculum Standards. The Idaho Human Rights Education Center's human rights curriculum is a collaborative project of the Center and the Idaho Department of Education. The curriculum is fundamentally based upon the Center's mission to promote respect for human dignity and diversity through education. and the Dept. of Education's mission to foster caring and competent citizens. This project began three years ago as part of the Center's efforts to develop strategies for the delivery of human rights education into Idaho's K-12 classrooms. Although "human rights education" is not a separate subject area within Idaho's curriculum standards, the Center and the Dept. of Education concluded that (1) it was possible to develop a human rights education curriculum that will enable teachers to link human rights education to Idaho's curriculum standards; (2) there are many existing curriculum standards for which human rights themes are appropriate, if not required; and (3) that multicultural literature and other materials provide a vast array of readily available resources that teachers can use in the classroom for the development of the value-laden themes integral to character development, civic education and social responsibility, all of which have been incorporated into Idaho's Achievement Standards, as the Idaho Legislature has mandated. This project has been implemented on the assumption that rote memorization and mere acquisition of facts will not suffice for teaching the concepts, objectives, understandings and feelings that are integrated into the definition of human rights education. On the contrary, appreciating feelings such as dignity, empathy, respect and responsibility (a part of what some might call "emotional intelligence") can only be acquired through making direct connections with other people. It is through those connections that we learn how another person feels, reacts, thinks, struggles, and becomes frustrated or angry, and how that person's feelings correspond to our own. The goal, then, has been to reach the minds and hearts of our children. Dr. Dan Prinzing, Curriculum Specialist for the Idaho Dept. of Education, and Les Bock, Executive Director of the Idaho Human Rights Education Center, conducted three days of meetings with teachers, librarians, professional educators and national experts at the end of February, 2003. The purpose of these meetings was to create a preliminary draft of a scope and sequence for human rights education that is specifically linked to Idaho's Social Studies Curriculum Standards and relies heavily on multicultural literature and historical stories or vignettes. The final product reflects the idea that we can and should teach our children stories about the similarities and differences among people and allow our children to make a connection with the human community writ large. These words, different and the same, become the universal key that unlocks the door to understanding our core values of respect, equality and the inalienable rights and dignity of all people. The full text of the curriculum can be found in the on-line HRE Library at HREA's website: http://www.hrea.org/erc/Library/display.php?doc_id=1255&category_id=6 Best wishes, Les Bock Executive Director Idaho Human Rights Education Center 801 S. Capitol Blvd. Suite 102 Boise, Idaho 83702 208.345.0304 www.idaho-humanrights.org ======== North American Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <email@example.com>. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education-na/markup/maillist.php If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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