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ERIC Number: ED454134
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 14
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What Is the State of Human Rights Education in K-12 Schools in the United States in 2000? A Preliminary Look at the National Survey of Human Rights Education.
Banks, Dennis N.
Simply put, human rights education is learning that develops the knowledge, skills, and values of human rights. Growing consensus around the world recognizes education for and about human rights as essential. It can contribute to the building of free, just, and peaceful societies. Human rights education also is increasingly recognized as an effective strategy to prevent human rights abuses. Starting in April 2000, surveys, which were developed through consultation with human rights educators across the nation, were mailed to a select sample of 120 knowledgeable persons in state education, asking them to respond to questions about the level of inclusion of human rights topics within their state policies. This initial analysis of data is based on surveys returned from all 50 states. The first survey question asked whether the respondent's state had statewide mandates, standards, guidelines, or proficiencies for human rights education. The only data reviewed here are from those states responding in the affirmative (40% of the states) If the belief is that there is a role for human rights and/or peace education within the K-12 school curriculum, then it is both useful and relevant to understand to what extent the states are already complying. Through this initial survey, findings suggest that while progress has been made, there is still a long road ahead. Issues arise as to conflicting definitions and vocabulary, enforcement, and assessment. And no mandate can assure student learning without the active involvement of the classroom teacher. That is the next and most important level of this study. (Contains 26 references. Appended are state responses.) (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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