Classroom Connections: Civil Rights
Compelling Question: How do individuals change society?
Setting the Stage:
Overview of Brown v. Board of Education, Topeka (1954) https://ny.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/b7bc564e-7966-4d7c-b534-de1f089e7949/civil-rights-movement-educational-equality/#.WnCZuK6nFp8
Discuss segregation and inequality in education
Discuss the role of the individual in bringing about change
Supporting Question #2: How did the New York State Commissioner of Education respond to the citizens of Hillburn?
Summative Assessment: Write an essay or participate in a Socratic Seminar discussing the influence of individuals in the Hillburn Case. Use evidence from the documents to evaluate the impact individual citizens had on the decision of the Commissioner.
Extension Activity: Compare the desegregation case in Hillburn, New York to the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954) Supreme Court case.
Taking Informed Action: Research inequality in education in New York State. What types of inequality exist in education today and how what could you do to help end that inequality?