The Hearts & Minds program was an unbelievable inspiration to.... (more)
my students and me; able to make a lasting connection with my students in a very short amount of time. This program helps the rest of us reach levels we would never think possible.
I learned that what I read in the papers, magazines, and what I see on TV doesn't paint nearly as vivid a picture as this program does. It should be required in all schools. Seriously.
The curriculum was fabulous! It was provocative, captivating, and so compelling. It was important. The real-life resonance of the curriculum, as living history, was the perfect bookend to a year spent racing abstractly through the past. Students were introspective, self-critical, and so hopeful, as they prescribed ways to improve themselves, their communities, and their world.
Thank you for letting me be part of this. I think there is nothing better, nothing more important being taught anywhere in the country.”
Through the Hearts & Minds story, Dina provided first-hand knowledge about a part of the world my students did not know or understand. She answered difficult questions and helped them gain an incredible amount of insight and understanding on a difficult topic.
Before beginning the Hearts & Minds program, most of my students did not understand the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan-- or even locate Afghanistan on a map. The program has broadened the perspective of my students, informed them of the issues affecting Afghanistan, and taught them to care about the people living there. Through GSD's engaging reading materials and thought provoking discussions, my students have become invested in the lives of the people of Afghanistan on a personal level.
My students did not want to see this unit and experience end without somehow helping and making a difference. They have been so touched, moved, and humbled… and had me in tears several times, they were really understanding and empathetic, and also curious. You have piqued their interest and that is so vital in going to the next step.”Close