PS/IS 686 | Brooklyn, NY

Gr5 Human Rights Inquiry begins…

We have begun our year long Human Rights study which precedes our Spring Social Justice/Social Activism Inquiry. We are learning about the Declaration of Human Rights and what they stand for. We will also learn about human rights through a global lens and multi-dimensional approach: through the literature we read, the historical time periods/events that we study, the cultures and peoples we learn about, and from present day happenings around the world – current events. It’s important for us to think globally (as global activists) because we can all contribute to positive change by standing up, for the causes and values that we believe in. In Unity, Equality, Opportunity, and Diversity!

  • What are human rights?
  • What lessons can we learn about human rights through literature and life?
  • How can we tell powerful stories about people’s experiences?

“Children are our most valuable resource.”  — Herbert Hoover, 31st President 

“If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.”  — Mahatma Gandhi

Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.”  — Fred Rogers

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. – Frederick Douglass

Human rights education is much more than a lesson in schools or a theme for a day; it is a process to equip people with the tools they need to live lives of security and dignity. – Kofi Annan

Humanity should be our race. Love should be our religion.

I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being. – Jackie Robinson

Never discourage anyone who continually makes progress, no matter how slow. – Plato

I am constantly preoccupied with how to remove distance so that we can all come closer together, so that we can all begin to sense we are the same, we are one. – David Hockney

The sole meaning of life is to serve humanity. – Leo Tolstoy

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. – Mother Teresa

Be a good human being, a warm hearted, affectionate person. That is my fundamental belief. – Dalai Lama

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. – Helen Keller

The great moral teachers of humanity were in a way artistic geniuses in the art of living. – Albert Einstein

Each person must live their life as a model for others. – Rosa Parks

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. – Eleanor Roosevelt
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. – Eleanor Roosevelt

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite. – Nelson Mandela


Beginning Stages…as we learn about, interpret, and analyze the Declaration of Human Rights:

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