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For the Sake of Humanity, Teach the Humanities

Education Week

Humanities education in classrooms “can help students navigate an uncharted future by empowering them with the rich legacy of diverse cultures,” says Jim Haas, a retired teacher and principal. “Let success be seen as a balance of worthwhile work, informed citizenship, and satisfying family and community life.” The arts and humanities are an important part of a well-rounded education, and high, comparable standards enable teachers to collaborate across those subjects. For example, Eric Slifstein, a physical education teacher, explains: “We are able to bolster many concepts through lively, hands-on activities… What’s more, for many students who struggle with concepts on paper, applying them to physical activity often helps make it ‘click.’”

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