October 27 – December 15, 2020, USA – During the fall of 2020, WYA successfully completed its pilot of the Grades 9-12 of the Human Dignity Curriculum (HDC). The HDC is WYA’s premier educational program for children as young as Kindergarten up to Grade 12. This one of a kind program uses a language for excellence that helps students to understand and develop healthy habits, good decision-making skills, and a strong sense of meaning and purpose.
Led by WYA North America Intern Alumna Clarissa Traub, the pilot was held virtually with select students from the North America region. The trial period spanned for 7 meetings during which the students were able to engage with the new set of materials.
HDC Grades 9-12 was developed with the best practices from implementing Grades K-8 in mind. The new set of grades, still focusing on dignity, now tackle applying this knowledge through pivotal moments in history.
Among these are stories that focus on heroes in the fight against slavery and racism featuring heroic figures such as Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King Jr. The latest addition also heightens students’ awareness of human dignity as the foundation for human rights with texts like Viktor Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning, and Sophie Scholl and the White Rose movement.
Students also gain the evaluation tools necessary to critically examine political systems that may regard the human person as an object rather than a subject. They will soon use these learnings to explore and analyze current international human rights issues. Grades 9-12 of the Human Dignity Curriculum is set to launch early this year. For more information, visit wya.net/hdc for updates.