Resources relating to teaching controversial issues / subjects including Palestine and Israel

Balfour Project: Acknowledging Britain’s historic and continuing responsibilities to uphold equal rights for the Israeli and Palestinian peoples through popular education and advocacy. Resources include films, videos, book reviews, articles, historical and current analysis, webinar and conference recordings, and links to further resources. Two specific examples are: https://balfourproject.org/frome-in-palestine-exhibition/  and https://balfourproject.org/scottish-teaching-resource/

Learning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance)  Provides free resources to educators who work with children from kindergarten through high school. LfJ materials are used to supplement the curriculum, to inform their practices, and to create inclusive school communities where children and youth are respected, valued and welcome participants.

National Education Union (NEU)  NEU website includes links to resources for teaching about Palestine and Israel. Education Under Occupation Speakers at the International Department’s official fringe hosted jointly with PSC and Defence for Children International Palestine (DCIP). The many barriers to education and rights that Palestinian children face were discussed. The recording of the Education Under Occupation fringe is here

Principled Learning  “Works with schools, organizations and networks to build participant-centred, purpose-driven practices and culturally-responsive communities that foster the competencies our times demand.” “Offers strategies for teachers who hesitate to address Palestinian perspectives when they feel unequipped — or teach the conflict from textbooks and media sources that offer only a tiny part of the broader narrative and history“.

Rethinking Schools The magazine, website, and books provide models of k-12 social justice teaching, in terms of both content and pedagogy. The teaching articles, all written by teachers themselves, include hundreds of examples of how to use role plays, dialogue journals, project-based learning, and other student-centred approaches to teaching critical thinking about students’ lives, communities, and the world.

Rethinking Schools | Independence or Catastrophe? Teaching Palestine Through Multiple Perspectives

Teaching Controversial Issues – A Guide for Teachers OXFAM (2018)   Explores • What controversial issues are • Reasons for teaching controversial issues • The value of a global citizenship education approach • Guidance and classroom strategies for handling and exploring controversial issues • Some practical activities for teaching controversial issues. Includes links to useful resources, e.g. Open Spaces for Dialogue and Enquiry Methodology, Critical Literacy in Global Citizenship Education – Professional Development Resource Pack

The Educational Institute of Scotland   Skills based resource focused on the conflict between Palestine and Israel is accessed here. “In a turbulent world … it is essential that pupils are equipped to navigate contested topics, evaluate evidence and arrive at their own conclusions. Materials contain Student and Teacher Guides and links to relevant film and other media. CfE Levels 2/3 and 3/4, both primary and secondary. Of most interest in the teaching of Social Studies, Literacy and English, and Citizenship.

The Linking Network Strives to develop young people’s knowledge and understanding of identity, diversity, equality and community, creating space for discussion of these issues within the school curriculum and supporting teachers to address them. Provides a structured programme of training, resources and support to enable pairs of schools to build high quality links.

The Quakers   

  • Razor Wire & Olive Branches produced by Quaker Peace and Social Witness with the Ecumenical Accompaniment programme for the people of Palestine & Israel (EAPPI) 14-18yrs. Teaching pack containing over 80 curriculum-spanning activities and resources. Explores conflict, human rights and peacebuilding in Palestine & Israel.

The Balfour Project is providing links to this eclectic list of learning and teaching resources as a free service, but neither the list, nor any individual resource on the list, is a legal interpretation or a statement of Balfour Project policy. Reference to any specific resource or materials does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by the Balfour Project.