What's the Nation Talking About - March Topic In our efforts to prepare students for 21st Century learning, the Byram Hills School District is committed to engaging our students in critical thinking in all curricular areas. In the classroom, we prepare students in critical analysis by helping them learn, discuss and evaluate important issues.
To that end, we invite parents, teachers and administrators to discuss with our students the events that are “the talk of the nation.” Each month we post a current events topic on our website to invite a conversation around important issues, promoting analysis and synthesis from multiple perspectives. The current topic for March is outlined below.
The Middle East is an important area of the world. Recently, countries in this region have experienced revolutions, conflict and change. Presently, many countries around the world are concerned with the violence in Syria. The links below explain some developments in Syria.
After learning more about Syria, here are some questions to consider:
For Elementary and Middle School students:
- Why is it difficult for other nations to stop the violence in Syria?
- What are other times in history when other nations have tried to or should have protected citizens from the abuses of their government?
For some middle school students and high school students:
- How is Syria an example of the struggle that arises in history between a nation's sovereignty and the protection of individual (human) rights?
- What is the best way to resolve this present issue?
- What seems to be the obstacles?
- What are other times in history that this tension has existed?
Syria Undercover - Frontline is a companion web site on PBS that has investigative journalism that many teachers utilized. Click on the link below to find many informative pieces about Syria's current crisis. One suggested piece is "Syria Undercover".