The following post was written by 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Caitlin MacLeod-Bluver, a high school social studies and English language arts teacher in Boston, Massachusetts, after her expedition to the Arctic. The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow Program is a professional development opportunity for Pre-K-12 educators made possible by a partnership between Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic Education. “No, we can’t change the world because our voices don’t … Continue reading Strategy Share: Exploring Our Changing Planet in Humanities Classrooms
GEOGRAPHY Students throughout Boston are getting a radically different view of the world, one map projection at a time. (NPR) Why is designing a world map so difficult? Use our activity to better understand what distortions occur when modeling a spherical surface on a flat map. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas Boston Public Schools … Continue reading A Whole New World in Boston Public Schools
UNITED STATES Chinatowns are at risk of disappearing due to accelerated gentrification, according to a new report. The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) surveyed Chinatowns in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia and found that the Asian populations in all communities are decreasing while rent and median housing value are increasing. (China Daily) Use our resources to better understand neighborhoods and cultural diversity … Continue reading Chinatowns Threatened by Gentrification
UNITED STATES According to a new ranking by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, many of the nation’s cities are instituting a variety of energy-saving measures, and Boston tops the list. (National Geographic News) Be the mayor of your own city in our “Plan it Green” game, and see if you can match Boston for energy efficiency. Discussion Ideas The American Council for an … Continue reading Boston Ranked as Most Energy-Efficient U.S. City
February is Black History Month! Today, we remember the landmark educational legislation that changed the course and composition of American schools. In 1954, the Supreme Court case Brown vs. Board of Education called for an end to segregation in U.S. institutions of learning. However, implementation of the law varied by geographic location across the country, and continues to be an issue even today.
Central High School; Little Rock, Arkansas, 1957
The 1957 integration events at Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, are some of the most well known of the Civil Rights era. Following the 1954 Brown vs. Board decision, the Little Rock School Board agreed to proceed with desegregation of local schools, beginning with Central High School. In September 1957, Arkansas Governor Orval Faubus called in the Arkansas National Guard; ostensibly to maintain peace and order. After the Arkansas Guardsmen prevented black students from entering the school, President Eisenhower got involved, sending 1000 members of the 101st Airborne Division to Little Rock. Nine African-American students attended Central High School that year, including Minnijean Brown, who was famously suspended after dumping a bowl of chili on the heads of white bullies. Ernest Green became the first black student to graduate from Central High School in 1958. Little Rock schools were not fully integrated across grade levels until 1972.
Read more about integration at Central High School:
Little Rock Integration Timeline
From the Central High 40th Anniversary Web site
Choices in Little Rock
From “Facing History and Ourselves,” this teaching unit challenges students to consider Central High school integration in the context of civic choices today.