The students now have a more personal view of what other people have gone through. The materials are new and fresh; they provide a bridge from the past to the present. Most students realize that what they learn is applicable to the world they live in. They now have a better understanding of what’s going on in the world today.
The specific curricular structures are easy to build on and integrate into the year’s program. We are now teaching and talking so much more about human rights in the classroom. This theme has given us a bigger picture in which to frame our social studies lessons. The students are not only learning about human rights, they’re learning compassion.