This year’s topics in Global Studies were selected to prepare students not just for high school but for their futures as global citizens in an increasingly interconnected and complicated world. Units have addressed the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, legacies of colonialism in Africa and the relevance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In our final month – with a geographic focus on Asia – students are investigating current issues in China, India and North Korea. These three countries were selected based on their global influence, their relevance in U.S. relations and the likelihood that they will continue to feature prominently in coming decades.
Below are the essential questions students are exploring. They will present their findings in a variety of formats: creative performances, graphic art, detailed report cards, interactive lessons, essays, and Powerpoint presentations.
Parker and Reese: What is China’s government doing to improve their record on LGBTQ+ rights?
Alexa and Kyla: What are the effects of removing the 1-child policy on China’s population?
Ally:How far will China have to go to reverse the damage they’ve done to the environment?
Rose: China has some of the world’s highest air pollution. What are they doing to mitigate it, and what are the laws’ effects on China’s population?
Sumeya and Claire: How does China’s Social Credit system impact those deemed “untrustworthy” by the government and help create a class divide?
Mia and Chloe: A lot of people are abused and sexually harassed in India; what is the government doing to prevent this abuse?
Zola: How is the Indian government repressing the press in India and what are the impacts on reporting?
Eva: How will India be able to support its growing population with its lack of water?
Lola: Why have the non-communicable diseases in India become more deadly than the infectious diseases?
Red: How does N. Korea’s nuclear capability affect the United States?
Georgia and Nola: How is North Korea’s lack of human rights impacting its citizens?
Dylan and Ava L: North Korea censors their news and Internet access; what are the benefits and negative impacts of doing so?
Ava K & Luna: How has the social credit system in China affected the country’s residents?
Izzy: What is China doing to reduce its pollution, and have these efforts been successful?
Margot and Aislin: How are women being discriminated against in China, and are there efforts to address this?
Sada: How does censorship in North Korea affect the citizens?
Drew:: How was North Korea able to acquire nuclear capability?
Adriana and Grace: How does the issue of North Korea’s extremist views and nuclear capability affect the safety of the world population?
Brooklyn and Lucy: How are human rights abuses in North Korea affecting the human population?
Delaney and Zoe: Why are non-communicable diseases now the biggest threats to the population of India?
Sadie: What impacts are being felt by India’s population regarding the Aadhaar surveillance system?
Faith and Karina: How is India’s government responding to high levels of gender based violence?
Ada: Is freedom of speech declining in India, and how is Modi’s government cracking down on journalists?
Lorelei and Erica: How are India, China and North Korea policing their citizens and violating their human rights?
As you can see, these topics demand deep critical thinking and thoughtful research to answer. Be sure to ask the student(s) in your world about what is going on in theirs!
Finally, another issue that will impact all of us in coming decades is trash! Our 7th and 8th grade students – as part of our Global Classroom relationship with the World Affairs Council – have been invited to screen for free the documentary: Albatross, by local filmmaker and activist Chris Jordan. This will take place June 4 from 6:30 – 8:30 at Ingraham High School, 1819 N 135th Street in Seattle. The screening follows a 1-hour workshop for educators that Wendy will be attending. Students can register here: