The War and Our Students
By Bill Bigelow
A conversation with Sandra Childs about teaching about the war in Iraq.
Straight Talk with Kids
By Michael Ames Connor
Does age appropriateness require soft-pedaling the awful
truth of war?
Student Clubs: A Model
for Political Organizing
By Alan Singer
A former high school teacher recalls how his students put lessons into
Danger in the Earth:
Teaching About Landmines
By Elisabeth King
An international issue generates student activism.
Oakland Teach-in Galvanizes
Students and Teachers | pdf
By Catherine Capellaro
Oakland students are talking about the war.
No Child Left Unrecruited
By Harold Jordan
Military recruiters have unprecedented access to our nation's students.
Fund Schools Not War
A Rethinking Schools Editorial
What War Looks Like
by Howard Zinn
The noted historian explains the realities of war. A powerful essay
to use directly with students.
How Many Must Die?
An explanation of the background and consequences of the sanctions policy
used by the United States against Iraq.
Prominent Voices on Iraq
Useful quotations on the situation in Iraq.
What is Islam?
by Semya Hakim
An explanation of the basics of Islam.
Facts About Arabs
A short list that gives background and breaks stereotypes.
Attacks on Muslims and Arab
Americans | pdf
A summary of some of the attacks against Muslims and Arab Americans
in post-9/11 United States.
We and They
By Lucille Clifton
A student friendly poem that looks at the "othering" of different people
in terms that students can understand.
When Silence Is Betrayal
By Dr. Martin Luther King
The classic anti-war speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. An excellent
jumping-off point for teachers to discuss the current situation in Iraq.
Teaching ideas included.
Educate for Global Justice:
A Key Lesson from Sept. 11 | pdf
This article highlights the importance of teaching about global issues
from a pro-justice point of view.
The Marines Have Landed
By Bob Peterson
A student-friendly summary of the major military interventions by the
United States. Useable in upper elementary, middle school, and high
Third World Traveler: A Brief History of US Interventions,1945
Reprinted from Z magazine, June 1999.
From Wounded Knee to Afghanistan:
A Century of U.S. Military Interventions
"What About the
Iraqi Children?" | pdf
This February 2003 speech by 12-year-old Charlotte Aldebron, who attends
Cunningham Middle School in Presque Isle, Maine, challenges students
to put themselves in the place of the millions of children living through
the war in Iraq.
Free Speech: Concept Versus
Reality | pdf
Charlotte Aldebron gained international attention after her speech on
the children of Iraq -- not all of it constructive. She has encountered
a great deal of resistance -- even hostility -- from people who consider
her stance wrong or inappropriate. In this speech, delivered at a peace
rally in April, Charlotte reflects on the lessons she has learned about
free speech, the concept and the reality.