Resources for teachers

Photo from the Keith CollectionThe Keith Collection is developing a teacher’s guide to the history of the 14th Amendment.

The guide will present lessons for students from middle school through high school, as well as resources to aid teachers in planning their own lessons. The guide will be consistent with Common Core and other relevant educational standards. Themes will include chronology and cause, historical inquiry, diversity, commonality, individuality, religion and ethics, philosophy, economics and law. Topics will cover the pre-colonial period to the present, including servitude, slavery and resistance; the Civil War, Reconstruction and Jim Crow; the civil rights movement; and equal protection in the modern age.

Educators have the awesome responsibility of protecting children’s rights and ensuring their education. Never has the intersection of schooling and civil rights been made clearer than in the antecedents to and the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s landmark opinion in Brown v. Board of Topeka. By overturning the "separate, but equal" doctrine, the Brown decision set a course for protecting the rights of schoolchildren and their families. School desegregation, school finance, educational entitlement funding, special needs legislation, women’s equity, bilingual education, migrant education and educational services for the poor have all been influenced by the Brown decision.

The Keith Collection hopes to offer educators a resource that clearly represents the historical impact of the 14th Amendment and its application to today’s world. 

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