Dear Colleagues, The Brooklyn-based School for Human Rights is featured in an article by Associated Press, the global news network. A combined middle and high school, The School for Human Rights offers an integrated academic and social skills-based curriculum to challenge its students to think critically and become compassionate, socially engaged young adults committed to the practice of equity, dignity and social consciousness. Associated Press writes: "The School for Human Rights is one of nearly 150 'small' public schools that opened through special initiatives in New York City in the last three years. While it's normal to find human rights discussed in schools (a segment on the Holocaust is a classic lesson) a whole academy built around the concept is rare. This one is being watched carefully by groups such as Amnesty International USA and Human Rights Education Associates, which have long sought ways to influence educational curricula and were involved in the school's planning." Human rights values are evident not only in classroom teaching, but in the school’s commitment to meeting the educational needs of every student and practices such as 'discipline with dignity.' “On any given day, students in the Brooklyn school tackle topics ranging from colonialism to the United Nations”, according to Associated Press. “Administrators look for ways to make the human rights framework apply to more than just class discussions. Teachers in all subjects try to link to the human rights theme. Students may track census data on poverty in their neighborhoods as part of math class or read heart-wrenching novels about genocide for literature credit. The school also brings in speakers and takes the children on field trips that deal in some way with human rights issues.” "We're not teaching the kids what to think, but to think," Principal Kevin Dotson said, adding that for some topics, it requires some "scaffolding" first. "We don't just hit sixth graders with 'Let's talk about torture today!"' You can read the full article on-line: http://ny.metro.us/metro/local/ap/NY_Human_Rights_School.html The school, currently in its second year, consists of grades six, seven, nine and 10, and will add more levels annually to fit its designation as a sixth through 12th grade institution. It has about 300 students, most of whom are of Caribbean descent. Admission is open to students across the city, but most come from the neighboring areas. Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) is proud to be the lead partner of The School for Human Rights by supporting teachers and other staff with resources and professional development. To learn more about the School for Human Rights visit: http://www.hrea.org/donate-to-SHR.html Kind regards, Jessamyn Waldman ------ Jessamyn Waldman, Program Associate Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) School for Human Rights 600 Kingston Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205 Phone: (718) 771-4793 Fax: (718) 771-4815 ======== North American Human Rights Education listserv ======= Send mail intended for the list to < >. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education-na/ **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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