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ERIC Number: EJ932757
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0895-6855
Teaching about Haiti
Sokolower, Jody
Rethinking Schools, v24 n3 p38-39 Spr 2010
For a few harrowing weeks in January, the eyes of the world were on Haiti, struggling with the impact of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. In the spotlight's glare, people saw the devastation wrought by the natural disaster. Viewers with a critical eye or access to alternative media also saw a U.S. military presence more focused on security than food and medical help, Haitians labeled as looters for trying to feed their families amidst the rubble, and the eagerness of international finance to rebuild Haiti on its own terms. What people didn't see in the mainstream media were the Haitian people's extraordinary history of resistance, the depth and richness of the culture, or the seemingly indestructible web of grassroots organizations that have sustained the Haitian people through crisis after crisis. Nor did the media explore the impact of European colonialism and U.S. intervention. Thousands of classrooms and school communities mobilized to raise money to help the Haitian people. As the devastation wrought by the earthquake fades from the headlines, this is a critical time to re-examine the history and culture of Haiti, and to develop ways to integrate Haiti into the curricula.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Haiti