Dear Colleagues, I just returned from the annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) where I learned about an important new report that furthers the cause of human rights education in K-12 schools. Professor James Banks, well-known for his work in multicultural education, created a panel comprised of educational researchers from the U.S., U.K, and Canada (with a more extensive international review panel) to examine the principles and concepts students need to become effective citizens in a global context. In their report, Democracy and Diversity, the panelists make extensive references to the UDHR and assert the need to teach this document to all students. The guidelines include a section specifically addressing the teaching of human rights as essential to courses in citizenship education. You can download "Democracy and Diversity" from http://depts.washington.edu/centerme/home.htm . (it is under "New Publications"). I found it to be a very well-considered report on the need for balance between often fiercely debated dichotomies such as unity/diversity, nationalism/globalism, and patriotism/cosmopolitanism. Especially in the U.S., where the notion of human rights is often viewed as a threat to U.S. hegemony, such a document is greatly needed. J. Lynn McBrien, Ph.D. Psychological and Social Foundations of Education University of South Florida 5700 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota. FL 34243 941-359-4635 ======== Global 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/ **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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