By Verónica Boix Mansilla
Our learning arc for understanding migration responds to the third question in our framework, “How should we teach about migration ?” and is centered on the belief that the goal of teaching about migration is not a matter of simply remembering information. Instead, it entails having the capacity to reason one’s way through and respond to a situation, a media report, a new refugee crisis, feeling-oriented enough to advance possible explanations, interpret or contextualize perspectives, and compare present developments with past ones. To engage migration in this way educators will need to deepen their own understanding and continuously explore key questions about migration and ways to treat this complex topic in accessible ways across disciplines and age groups.
We believe the study of migration raises fundamental questions about our shared human experience: Who are we? Where do we come from? Why do people leave their homes? What is the meaning of borders? Who is responsible for the people who straddle more than one nation? What is my responsibility in constructing welcoming and inclusive societies?
With this new way of understanding migration, we propose the following Learning Arc of questions as foundational to young people’s explorations. We invite educators to use the questions to design learning experiences, interdisciplinary curricula, and academic inquiry following the design. We believe there is lasting educational value in following the entire learning arc while recognizing that educators may choose to concentrate on particular questions or subsections of the arc.