Humanities for High School Students
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A curation of information collected describing the benefits of a humanities course to public high school students, and other relevant inform
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Chris Abani: On humanity | Video on TED.com

In this final humanities TED talk, Chris Abani discusses humanity as he enjoys telling stories about people who are in all walks of life. He says he thinks you can tell the most good about people when they are at their hardest time. Furthemore, Abani discusses how he doesn't think the world is ever saved in grand gestures, but instead through small, almost invisible, acts of everyday compassion. Abani uses the phrase "The only way for me to be human, is for you to reflect your humanity back at me..." which means there is no way for us to be human without other people. He continues through the TED talk by explaining "incredible" people who he has known. This talk would be useful at the beginning of a humanities course to define what humanity is, how various types of people influence humanity, and using the quote above students can create their own meaning of the reflection of humanity.

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Thelma Golden: How art gives shape to cultural change | Video on TED.com

Thelma Golden focuses her exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem on how artists can change and reflect cultures throughout history, particular black artists. By exploring their art, she can think about "answers" to why certain artists create as they do. This would be an interesting project for students. Students could curate their own thematic art exhibitions and analyze how the art reflects the artists' point and context in history, their life story, and how art in general can shape culture. The future implications of art can be powerful, which is why certain pieces are maintained throughout centuries and cultures. 

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Jonathan Haidt: The moral roots of liberals and conservatives | Video on TED.com

Here is another TED talk that could be useful in a humanities course. Through this video, various morals are discussed and described in order to understand liberal and conservative tendencies. Here the interdisciplinary works of psychology, philosophy, and political science are combined in this TED talk which fits in nicely with a humanities curriculum. Moral psychology is the topic in this TED talk which covers a variety of subjects, and Johnathan Haidt describes five aspects and foundations of morality. This video would be a good way to begin talking about American humanities and/or American political tendencies. 

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Ben Dunlap: The life-long learner | Video on TED.com

Dr. Dunlap's TED Talk discusses the impact of experience on one's life. If one is a student throughout their life, they may learn from their experiences and make connections to draw conclusions about humanity throughout the ages. He opens his speech with "cultural diversity is as much threatened as biodiversity in this world," meaning that it is necessary to learn as much as possible, to "learn like you would live forever." His basic premise is that the people you meet can draw you to make different connections about society and people, a basic principle of humanities. This talk could be used to conclude a humanities course, or begin a unit on how the humanities are studied through interactions with people around us. Humanities is a flexible and dynamic field, so giving the students the tools to continue to study within a structured class better enables them to become lifelong learners.

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Humanities Preparatory Academy

This video briefly describes a unique alternative school located in New York City. Its curriculum is specifically designed around the humanities, teaching students to make and structure an argument, form an opinion, think creatively and communicate with one another. Through subjects in the humanities, students are prepared to become lifelong learners in a variety of topics. Students testify in the video that this style of learning prepares them to interact in the "real world" by teaching them how to communicate effectively and become more knowledgible about their world.

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20 Best Blogs in the Digital Humanities » Online College.org

20 Best Blogs in the Digital Humanities » Online College.org | Humanities for High School Students | Scoop.it

Here is a collection of 20 Digital Humanities blogs. Digital humanities is a good way to combine technology and the field of humanities. This is its own curation of blogs to introduce people to the field of digital humanities. Some of the blogs are strictly discussion about the digital humanities, some are opportunities for jobs in the field of humanities, calls for papers, and other opportunities for higher education humanities.There are also blogs from people across the world, so this collection also combines the global aspects of digital humanities.

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STEM to STEAM

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The Ohio Alliance for Arts Education argues that instead of focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in the 21st Century, we should be focused on STEAM by adding the Arts to this new buzz word. sTEM has been focused on recently, in an attempt to focus on preparing students to work in the U.S. global economy. However, this article focuses on providing evidence for the inclusion of arts education in order to be prepared for the 21st century. There are various studys and surveys that are linked to this article as well as articles about arts education and community initiatives based in the arts.

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Humanities Scholars Embrace Digital Technology

Humanities Scholars Embrace Digital Technology | Humanities for High School Students | Scoop.it

This article argues that technology can not only help students study humanities, but can and should be included in the liberal arts itself. Data can be used to study a range of topics, and this data can become interactive with the use of maps, audio and visual. Dubbing it the "alliance of geeks and poets," Cohen claims that it is the interpretive quality of the humanities that makes technology so convenient and effective within the field.

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Twenty-first century skills and poverty: Try Thucydides, Socrates, and Kant

Twenty-first century skills and poverty: Try Thucydides, Socrates, and Kant | Humanities for High School Students | Scoop.it

This article, written by Peter Meyer, discusses the ways that current educators define 21st century skills is no different than the skills that were needed in the 20th century and 19th century, etc...He then transitions to the idea that is brought about in many classics, that in order to get the poor out of poverty, they need to be exposed to politics, in the sense of cultural plays, lectures, and concerts that provide insight into the area that surround them. Meyer quotes Thucydides ideas and says "The policital life was the way out of poverty". The article ends by Meyer stating, "If we are to bring the poor to the twenty-first century table, it must be through the wisdom of the ancients and the skills of reflection." This idea is intersting and can effect us as future educators. Humanities is important for everyone to study, and according to Meyers' logic it may be able to help some of our low-SES families.

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Now More Than Ever: Why America Needs the Humanities in the 21st Century - National Humanities Alliance

This brief document advocates for the promotion of the Humanities in a 21st century, global context. Because Humanities, at its most basic level "provide[s] information, widsom, and tools that allow us to understand the values that have sustained and explained the human condition in societies over time," its study is necessary for maintaining the United States' world-leader status. The article argues that the humanities are necessary for understanding how societies and humans operate, and therefore how to solve world problems. It also argues that humanities should be "available to all Americans," i.e., through our public education system, as we have explored in previous posts.

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P21 Framework & The Humanities

Attached is the P21 Framework implementation guide for 21st century content and skills. We think it is important to note how many of the 21st Century Skill Outcomes can be incorporated into Humanities courses. One example is critical thinking skills. Within humanities courses, students must analyze various primary source material and develop an understanding of how they are interrelated and can be utilized to represent a certain curriculum concept. Another skill in the P21 Framework that is incorporated in humanities classes is being globally competent. Through the study of global humanities students learn how different parts of the world are connected through culture, art, philosophy, etc..Students are also exposed to new cultures they may not have heard of before through these same lenses. Humanities provides the perfect course to implement major aspects of the P21 Framework, it is a perfect way to incorporate interdisciplinary content and 21st century skills!

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Tri-Co Initiative Bringing Humanities into 21st Century

Tri-Co Initiative Bringing Humanities into 21st Century | Humanities for High School Students | Scoop.it

This article describes the way "Tri-Co" Universities (Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr, and Haverford - Main Line Philadelphia Liberal Arts Schools) are transforming the field of Humanities to be pertinent to 21st Century technology, applications, and resources. Digital research capabilities greatly effect the field of humanities - being able to search digitally for supporting evidence makes the humanities more approachable, efficient, and accessible. This makes it especially accessible to high school students, who, before this technology, may not have had access to the wealth of primary sources relevant to the humanities. Therefore, we can claim that not only are the humanities important to navigating the 21st century, but the 21st century is crucial for high school students to be able to navigate the humanities.

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North Carolina Conversations | North Carolina Humanities Council

North Carolina Conversations | North Carolina Humanities Council | Humanities for High School Students | Scoop.it

The final aspect of the NC Humanities Council that we feel is important to comment on is the publications section, specifically looking atNorth Carolina Conversations. NC Conversations is a biannual publication by the NC Humanities Council. Within these publications varoius aspects of humanities are found. In the Summer/Fall 2012 issue, there are articles on topics such as war zones in the Outer Banks and the jewish settlers in the eastern part of North Carolina. Furthemore, there is a section focus on Teacher Insitute content. One of these articles talked about how a group of teachers were teaching their students to become "junior curators" by collecting oral histories and artifacts and digitizing them. This can be a great resource for content ideas/resources in the Humanities as well as ideas of how to incorporate humanities into all classrooms.

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Malcolm Gladwell: Choice, happiness and spaghetti sauce | Video on TED.com

In this second week of TED talk curation, I have found this talk from Malcolm Gladwell who is a very popular author. He discusses the creation and perfection of spaghetti sauce from Dr. Moscowitz. While this may seem eccentric and unrealted, Gladwell uses the creation of perfectio of spaghetti sauce to talk about choice and happiness in our society. This changed the way the food idustry sought to make people happy; we cannot always know what we want until we have a variety of options in front of us. Through this TED talk, students can learn about how transitions in industrys show changes in other parts of society and explain the 45 different choices of spaghetti sauce in the grocery store today.

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Steven Pinker: Human nature and the blank slate | Video on TED.com

Stephen Pinker, linguist at Cambridge, discusses his book "The Blank Slate" in this TED talk. In this book, Pinker argues that besides the "human universals" which all human possess, environment has the nearly sole impact on a person's life. In his discussion, which focuses on the controversies surrounding his thesis, he uses anthropological, scientific, and psychological events to evidence his blank slate theory. He also notes the political and societal/cultural implications his theory would have if it ignored certain aspects of his findings. This would be beneficial to incorporate psychology into a humanities classroom, as it analyzes how the mind works and how that impacts mankind. 

 

Pinker also discusses the alleged "decline of the arts." Though he declares this false, as all cultures and civilizations have had some form of auditory or visual art, he concedes that humanities in the university setting is declining in the modern era. However, he does not mention why or how to prevent this decline, or whether we should or should not.

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Shereen El Feki: Pop culture in the Arab world | Video on TED.com

This is an example of a TED talk that could be shown or used in a humanities classroom. In this TED talk, Shereen El Feki discusses various aspects of popular culture from the United States that have been transformed by the Arab world into something that represents the values of Islam. For example, she shows comic books and video clips that would be aired in Arab countries and how they compare with similar things in the United States. This could be a good way to introduce the Arab culture to students by showing it is opposite of the United States but that various cultures adopt practicies and materials used by others and fit it into their own cultural beliefs and ideas.

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Jean-Baptiste Michel: The mathematics of history | Video on TED.com

In this very brief video, Jean-Baptiste Michel explains the link between mathematical analysis and historical events. By putting historical events in terms of quanitities, analysis can explain trends throughout history. Michel also notes how quantities are perceived in relative terms, so how we analyze events such as wars changes with the context. This TED talk would be useful to incorporate math into the liberal arts schema of a humanities classroom, expanding the interdisciplinary concept further while again promoting the STEM subjects. 

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Ten Important Reasons to Include the Humanities in Your Preparation for a Scientific Career - Science Careers Blog

This blog describes the top 10 reasons humanities are crucial to studying science. Though the two fields may seem on opposite ends of the spectrum, a well rounded education creates individuals who are knowledgible not only about the skills and content of their field, but about the world around them. The author argues that civic literacy and preparation, adding "tools" to your toolbox for future learning, emphasis on creativity, communication, and significance, and the interdisciplinary qualities of humanities content benefits those who study the sciences. 

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Phillips Exeter Academy | Humanities Institute

Phillips Exeter Academy | Humanities Institute | Humanities for High School Students | Scoop.it

Phillips Exeter Academy, located in New Hampshire, provides opportunities for professional development for teachers in the humanities. The Exeter Humanities Insititute hosts a five-day working conference for English and History secondary teachers. They focus on exploring the Harkness pedagogy, which can most easily be definied as discussion based learning among students and teachers. This is the philosphy that the Phillips Exeter Academy utlizes in its classrooms. The conferences focus on practicing and exploring discussion based learning and teachers have the opportunities to do reserach and create materials they can take back to their own schools. Each conference has a specific topic, but the topic for the 2013 summer conference has not been announced yet, but will be interdisciplinary. However, the Exeter Humanities Institute 2013 will take place June 23-28.

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Can the Humanities Survive the 21st Century? - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Can the Humanities Survive the 21st Century? - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Humanities for High School Students | Scoop.it

Donoghue, a professor at Ohio State University, discusses the nature of humanities and if it will survive the 21st century. Donoghue documents various surveys and studies that show the deterioration of humanities in universities across the world. The article also discusses the rise in community college attendence in the United States. The educational programs at community colleges is not as focused on a liberal arts education, as it is centered on career training. However, despite these things, Donoghue feels that the humanities, in the general sense, will survive the 21st century but maybe not at universities. I feel that there will always be a place in university settings for humanities, but if this will fall away, it will be even more important to give students an adequate background in high school courses.

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The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities

The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities | Humanities for High School Students | Scoop.it

IATH, or the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, is an online collective resource for finding various websites that would be helpful in a humanities classrooms. These projects are prepared on many different subjects, from da Vinci to the Silk Road. The quality and depth of the sources vary, but it would be a good starting point for independent humanities projects for students, or to puruse as a teacher. It is searchable based on subject or researcher (subject is much simpler and more beneficial).

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DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly: The Digital Future is Now: A Call to Action for the Humanities

DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly: The Digital Future is Now: A Call to Action for the Humanities | Humanities for High School Students | Scoop.it

This article in the Digital Humanities Quarterly discusses the shift to digital collections are publications in various fields of study. Because of budget cuts and a increased focus on using digital resources, many fields are not publishing their journals and sometimes books in print, but are instead, focused on the publishing them on the Web. This articles talks about the various ways in which humanities seems to shy away from these digital publications and why that could hurt them in the long run. This article focuses on keeping the humanities alive in the 21st century. The humanities needs to find value in online publications and collections and use them to stay relevavant.

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Mae Jemison on teaching arts and sciences together | Video on TED.com

Mae Jemison says in this video that if we keep the arts and sciences separate, "we're going to have a problem." She emphasizes in this brief video that sciences are creative and arts are logical, and the two should be studied together to get the most benefit, and to study each the most completely. As both an astronaut and a dancer, she brings a unique perspective. This is relevant to the humanities because it emphasizes the importance to the future of interdisciplinary studies such as humanities, as well as the relevancy. Humanities supports the study of many other subjects, and incorporates empirical research and analysis with culture and the arts. Hence, humanities is important and relevant to all its students because it allows for such choice and balance between arts and sciences, creative and logical.

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NHC and NCHC Come Together...and Bring the 2012 Election

NHC and NCHC Come Together...and Bring the 2012 Election | Humanities for High School Students | Scoop.it

To show just how very current our previous posts and the concept of the humanities is, read this article. The chairman of the National Humanities Center (see previous posts), Jim Leach, visited Charlotte, NC in an event sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council (also see previous posts). The presentation centered around the upcoming presidential election and bipartisanship, but from a "humanities" perspective. Those in attendence heard about the event most likely because they were interested in the humanities in Charlotte or the surrounding area, and the topics presented were very relevant to their life. They were not students, but the perspective of the humanities was crucial in understanding the presentation. This article show how current, flexible, and life-long the humanities can be.

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Humanities in the Twenty-First Century

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Bill Smoot, an English teacher in California, writes about how he thinks the study of humanities remains relevant to the 21st century. He begins his discussion by mentioning the importance that has been placed on STEM in the 21st century. However, he argues that "the two roads -- STEM subjects and the humanities--should merge in education for the 21st century." Smoot describes how the study of classics has endured for a reason. In one of his English classes, he asks students to write an essay about howThe Odysseyhad any relevance to ninth-grade girls in Silicon Valley, and one student wrote that it gave her "advice for life." The ideas that Smoot presents throughout this article show how important the study of humanities is for the 21st century: "The humanities teach us habits of critical thought and the historical perspective necessary for citizenship in a democracy." The two aspects presented in the statement above are important aspects included in the P21 Framework.

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