At the Core of Philanthropy—Democratic Values
Students explore their own giving values in the context of the Core Democratic Values. Through analysis of humanitarian examples and violations in World War II, students write an essay about philanthropic motivations,
This introductory lesson will provide students the opportunity to examine their own personal values and the source of the influence which helped them form those values. The learner will then be introduced to the Core Democratic Values which citizens hold in common and their role as the source to inspire philanthropic action. Finally, students will learn the connection between Core Democratic Values and the founding documents.
This lesson will emphasize that beliefs influence our actions. Students will research contemporary examples of individuals acting philanthropically in accordance with a Core Democratic Value.
Using the historical content of World War II, students will have the opportunity for meaningful and reflective thought as they witness the telling of experiences by those who were directly and indirectly involved in the war. Students will also learn about the philanthropic actions of citizens, inspired by their democratic values, who acted for the common good. Ultimately, students will see that history was changed by the impact of this war.
Our democracy is maintained in part through philanthropic actions inspired by the Core Democratic Values. In the absence of these values, injustice such as the Japanese Internment following the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II goes unchecked. Students have the opportunity to engage in philanthropic action to promote and protect the values that ensure our democracy.