Recommended Teaching Resources - War

Given the horror and intensity of the war in Iraq, it is critical that students learn to read beyond the rhetoric about root causes and meaningful solutions.

The resources below include information on the history, politics, and economics of wars and equity-related material on the Arab World.

Online Resources
 
 Rethinking Schools: Teaching about the War
A collection of articles and resources for classroom teachers on the war in Iraq, as well as issues of armed conflict and society's priorities.
 
 Mixed Signals
A counter-recruitment tool in comic book form. It contains specific information on the enlistment contract and proposes alternative sources of college money, job training, and non-violent forms of community service.
 

Who are the Arabs: The Arab World in the Classroom
History, poetry, photographs, maps, short stories and articles by and about the Arab-speaking world.

 

Films

 
 Hidden Wars of Desert Storm
This documentary looks at the origins of the Gulf War crisis and challenges the official Western "party-line" view of a spontaneous crusade for "Freedom & Democracy."
 
Palestine is Still the Issue
In 1977, the award-winning journalist and filmmaker, John Pilger, made a documentary telling how almost a million Palestinians had been been forced off their land in 1948 and 1967.
   Regret to Inform
This beautifully filmed documentary follows director Barbara Sonneborn as she travels to Vietnam to the site of her husband's wartime death. Regret to Inform is ideal for classes taking a critical look at the impact of war on the lives of people on all sides of the conflict.
 
Scarves of Many Colors: Women and the Veil
This award-winning CD and curriculum engages students in thinking critically about stereotypes of "covered" Islamic women.


Books

More recommendation on the Iraq Veterans Against the War booklist.

Addicted to War: Why the U.S. Can't Kick Militarism Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9781902593579
Availability: Special Order
Published: AK Press - May 1st, 2002

DESCRIPTION: Addicted to War takes on the most active, powerful and destructive military in the world. Hard-hitting, carefully documented and heavily illustrated, it reveals why the United States has been involved in more wars in recent years than any other country. Read Addicted to War to find out who benefits from these military adventures, who pays - and who dies. Joel Andreas wrote and illustrated The Incredible Rocky, a satire that introduced more than 100,000 people to the unsavory activities of the Rockefeller family. "A witty and devastating portrait of U.S. foreign policy"-Howard Zinn.

It's My Life!: A Guide to Alternatives After High School
Available Directly from American Friends Service Committee
DESCRIPTION:
If you are wondering what to do after high school, “It’s my life!” contains ideas to get you started in your own decision making process. This 89 page guide is loaded with great resources for high school students or any young people looking to start their careers.