MEPC provides free, highly acclaimed, non-partisan workshops on the Middle East and Islam across the U.S. Our education director will come to your school, organization or conference with innovative strategies for teaching these complex topics. We tailor workshops to your specific needs
The educational philosophy underlying the TeachMideast site’s materials is threefold:
First, we believe that the best way to undermine dangerous stereotypes and misunderstandings is to give students access to a broad range of perspectives, particularly diverse points of view from within the region. This leads naturally to an emphasis on media literacy.
Secondly, we believe that using “cool tools” like Google Earth, film and project-based learning engages students and teachers and inspires them to cross strict disciplinary boundaries that may limit learning, create new connections and extend their learning on their own initiative.
Third, the activities and methodologies on the TeachMideast are designed for students who learn in all sorts of ways, from the avid reader to the student who learns best by listening, from visual learners to kinetic learners.
It is worth emphasizing that TeachMideast.org does not seek to inculcate any particular political point of view or any religion, but rather to open the minds of teachers and students alike to the diversity of the region in everything from geography to political opinion, from religious practice to cultural production.
When I first discovered Google Earth, I did what most people do—I looked up my house, my kids’ school, and my commute, and toured the Eiffel Tower and the Grand Canyon and the Taj Mahal and the Great Wall. But I quickly realized that beyond the ultra-cool factor, Google Earth is an extraordinary tool for taking kids on more meaningful adventures through geography, cultures, history, and current events.