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Global Issues Since the Fall of the Wall: A Course Made for Choices Materials

Jo Fisher

Blog Post by Choices Teaching Fellow Deb Springhorn For 30 years I have lamented the lack of time to teach the current global situation in the context of a world history course that is supposed to go from the prehistoric to the present in one year!  Given the global paradigm shift after the fall of […]

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New Course in Development: Global Issues Since the Fall of the Wall

Jo Fisher

By guest Blogger Deb Springhorn, Lebanon High School, Lebanon, NH The course I am creating during the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation sponsored Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical, “Global Issues since the Fall of the Wall,” is based on three observations that I have had as a result of my 30 or so years in the classroom: Most […]

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Using Infographics for Policy Deliberation on Afghanistan

Jo Fisher

by Amy Sanders Yarmouth ME High School Teacher & Choices Teaching Fellow Infographic 5 © Newsweek I incorporate the CHOICES curriculum, The United States in Afghanistan, into my Middle East Studies course. The curriculum is an excellent resource that provides helpful information about Afghanistan’s history, geography, and people, and is the framework around which I build […]

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Afghanistan: Cost of War infographic

Tanya Waldburger

Here’s a beautifully executed motion infographic about the true cost (from the British perspective) of the war in Afghanistan. (Commissioned by Stop the War UK.)

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The U.S. in Afghanistan unit in a Comparative Philosophy of War Class

Sarah Massey

By Guest Blogger Lisa Carter Choices Teaching Fellow, Housatonic Valley Regional High School, NY We have just completed the Afghanistan unit in an honors level seniors course, “The Comparative Philosophy of War”. We spent the semester studying attitudes about fighting wars throughout history and ended the course with an in-depth look at the war in […]

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Afghanistan: Graveyard of Empiricism

Andy Blackadar

Afghanistan will continue to be a topic of debate in U.S. foreign policy, and will likely garner extra attention because of the presidential election.

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New in Scholars Online: Benjamin Hopkins

Tanya Waldburger

“[Afghanistan] turns from being this…central player in a regional order into being this…land of endemic chaos that doesn’t really fit any place.” How did Afghanistan become the country it is today? Professor Benjamin Hopkins takes a look back at the history of Central Asia and how British imperialism shaped the future of Afghanistan. This video […]

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More Resources on Afghanistan and Pakistan

Sarah Massey

As Choices prepares for our Summer Institute on Afghanistan, and as Afghanistan and Pakistan take center stage in the news again, here are some additional resources that teachers may find useful. A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes (2009) – This book contains all of the facts found in a textbook, paired with the human […]

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Five Good Books on Afghanistan

Andy Blackadar

I am in the midst of developing curriculum materials on Afghanistan. Here are five books that I would recommend to anyone interested in the current situation, the country’s history and people, and the U.S. role there. The Emergence of Modern Afghanistan: Politics of Reform and Modernization, 1880-1946. Author: Vartan Gregorian. Written in 1969, this is […]

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