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WHY STUDY GERMANY?

 
GERMANY LESSONS
 

Erik Larson, Wood River Middle School
Idaho International Education Task Force

In 1683 the first German immigrants arrived in America. Two hundred years later, thousands were working as miners, investors, assayers, brewers and bakers throughout Idaho. By the 1880’s, German setters were in nearly every Idaho community: Coeur d’Alene, Bonners Ferry, Rathdrum, Post Falls (named after German immigrant Fredrick Post), Moscow, Leland, Kendrick, Council, American Falls, Blackfoot, Rexburg, Soda Springs; few Idaho communities would be left off an inclusive list. In 1910 Boise’s German population alone was approximately 6,000 and four years later, Idaho elected our nation’s first Jewish governor, German-born Moses Alexander.


Today, over 25% of Idahoan’s can trace their family histories back to Germany. Given Idaho’s German immigrant past, the following International Education lessons have been created to provide our students the opportunity to build on our shared history and make modern day connections… connections that will be increasingly important in their lives as citizens of Idaho and of the world.


Graduates of Idaho high schools need to understand the challenges and opportunities they face as they compete in the ever-shrinking world of globalization. In the past ten years, Idaho has seen a 60% increase in trade with Germany and employers now search for skilled workers well beyond state, national or continental borders. Students will also be encouraged to develop respect and empathy for others and see the increasing interdependence of our human family as they work to become global citizens. These challenges exist not only in Idaho, but also in Germany.


Germany has experienced a significant increase in the number of foreign workers who have decided to permanently settle in Germany, not unlike Idaho’s growing Latino population. Consequently, the cultural and ethnic demographic “snapshot” of what many think to be “typical” of Germany or Idaho has changed. As a result schools need a new curriculum to teach the lessons of inclusion, tolerance and acceptance, and to combat anti-Semitism, xenophobia, violence and negative stereotyping. Our challenge as teachers is to educate the youth of Idaho to understand their responsibilities in helping to secure these rights for everyone and to successfully participate, compete and prosper in a global economic market.

Visual Arts

Global Perspectives

GRADE 7 LESSONS

Geography and Cultures: Eastern Hemisphere

Reading

GRADE 8 LESSONS

Social Science Exploratory

Language Arts

GRADE 9 LESSONS

World History (Humanities)

English 1

GRADE 10 LESSONS

U.S. History 1

English 2

GRADE 11 LESSONS

U.S. History 2

English 3

THE GERMANY THAT I KNOW
GRADE 12 LESSONS

By Gerrit Book

Mr. Book was born in the former West Germany in the 1970s. Now living in Berlin, he is an accomplished guide and interpreter, fluent in both English and Chinese. Under contract with the Goethe Institut, Mr. Book assisted in the organization of two Idaho Education Missions to Germany – during which Idaho teachers and administrators met with German government officials, visited schools, and explored Idaho’s cultural connections. Click here to read the article

American Government

Economics

English 4