ISIS Targets Humanity’s Shared History

WORLD National Geographic Archaeology Fellow Fred Hiebert puts into perspective Islamic State’s recent, widely publicized destruction of artifacts and archaeological sites in Iraq and Syria. (National Geographic News) Learn why globe-traveling archaeologist Fred Hiebert thinks “being an educator” is the most exciting part of his job. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including a link to today’s … Continue reading ISIS Targets Humanity’s Shared History

Pentagon Targets Climate Change

UNITED STATES Drastic weather, rising seas and changing storm patterns could become “threat multipliers” for the United States, vastly complicating security challenges faced by American forces, the Pentagon said in a new report on the impact of climate change. (Washington Post) Use our resources to learn more about climate change. Teachers: Scroll all the way down for a short list of key resources in our … Continue reading Pentagon Targets Climate Change

What is ISIS?

WORLD Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), is responsible for the horrific beheadings of two American hostages. What is Islamic State, and what are its objectives? (BBC) Use our resources to learn more about conflict in Iraq. Discussion Questions The BBC article says that Islamic State is as dangerous as al-Qaeda, the terrorist group responsible for 9/11. What are similarities … Continue reading What is ISIS?

What is Boko Haram?

 WORLD The kidnapping of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria has drawn global attention to the insurgent group Boko Haram, which President Barack Obama called “one of the worst regional or local terrorist organizations.” (National Geographic News) Use our resources to better understand the conflict in Nigeria. Discussion Ideas The great National Geographic News article explains Boko Haram, the group that claims to have kidnapped 276 … Continue reading What is Boko Haram?

Pirate Problems

WORLD The movie Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks, is based on a true story: In April 2009, Somali pirates boarded the cargo ship Maersk Alabama off the Somali coast. The movie might make you wonder: Is piracy still a problem? And how big a problem? (National Geographic News) Use our resources to better understand “Pirate Problems,” and how the Navy rescued the Maersk Alabama. Discussion … Continue reading Pirate Problems