Fairness, Understanding & Humanity
in the field of K-12 and higher education

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Supporting education that advances fairness, understanding, and humanity

FAIR’s educational services and resources help schools create positive learning communities and encourage a sense of belonging by emphasizing the values of fairness, understanding, and humanity.

We inspire and empower students, teachers, administrators, board members, and families to work together toward a more optimistic future.

Featured Resource

The second installment in FAIR in Education’s Teaching About Identity series, this project explores twentieth century contexts in which teachers made grave mistakes in teaching about identity – mistakes that at the time seemed scientific, unifying, correct, and culturally necessary – but ultimately laid the foundation for inter-group hatred. 

This installment focuses on the Cultural Revolution, a program of Mao Zedong designed to “refresh” Chinese culture and eliminate elements of the culture that he deemed to be backward, bourgeois, feudal, or otherwise counter-revolutionary.  Mao wanted to dispense with what became known as the “Four Olds”: Old Ideas, Old Culture, Old Customs, and Old Habits (or “Habits of Mind”). To help attack these institutions, ideas, and artifacts, Mao called upon the youth of the country (symbolic of the “new”) to rise up against and destroy anything perceived to be part of the Four Olds: this included books, art, architecture, religious edifices, music, and even traditional modes of education seen as too bourgeois, Western, or Confucian.

The results were bloody, with estimated death tolls anywhere from 750,000 to 7.7 million.

Curricular Resources

Ethnic Studies High School Course
This course exposes students to the histories, experiences, struggles, accomplishments, and contributions of Americans of diverse backgrounds. Students learn to counter racism and intolerance with humanity and compassion.
Literature Guides
FAIR Literature Guides emphasize pro-human values and support literacy development. Designed for use with elementary-age students, each guide stars a high-quality picture book with discussion questions and activities aligned with FAIR Learning Standards. Students will engage with rich texts and illustrations to explore values of fairness, understanding, and humanity.
K-12 Pro-Human Learning Standards
The FAIR Learning Standards provide essential guidance for teaching and learning about the histories, experiences, and contributions of people of different cultural and ancestral backgrounds in the U.S.
Lessons, Videos, and Content
For middle and high school students, FAIR’s lessons, units, and videos can stand alone or align with pre-existing units in civics, social studies, and history.

Education Networks

FAIR in Libraries
FAIR in Libraries is a nonpartisan professional network dedicated to advancing a culture of fairness, understanding, and humanity in libraries. We believe that libraries, as shared spaces where information and ideas can be freely accessed by any community member, have a unique mandate to represent a diversity of perspectives in their collections, programs, and daily operations.

See FAIR in Libraries' statement for Freedom to Read Week here.
Educators Alliance
We bring together educators from K-12 to share experiences and concerns and to develop strategies for supporting teachers, community members, and chapters. We welcome educators and staff from all levels for informal discussions with periodic presentations and workshops. (For Canadian educators, contact [email protected]).
Higher Education Working Group
We bring together higher education faculty to work on developing resources and projects to advance FAIR’s mission and support students and faculty in colleges and universities. We welcome part-time and full-time faculty from all disciplines.
FAIR in Education Fellowship
The Educational Fellowship consists of a cohort of educators who serve in a volunteer capacity for a two-year period to help shape, promote, and lead our programs and networks. Currently, our fellows are leading a national book club that meets monthly to discuss books that challenge and deepen our sense of fairness, understanding and humanity, while enriching our sense of what it means to be pro-human.
Summer Internship
We host a full-time summer internship program for undergraduate students and recent graduates who show a passion for promoting FAIR’s pro-human values, including curiosity, compassion, and courage, and have excellent communication and leadership skills.
FAIR on Campus
FAIR on Campus gives students an opportunity to bring pro-human values to their college and university settings. Students can make a positive impact on their communities through clubs, speaker series, and other initiatives that promote open-mindedness, inclusive dialogue, and building bridges across differences.


Education Toolkit
Our educational resources, including model letters and policy statements, can help parents introduce and advocate for FAIR’s pro-human approach in their local schools.

Parents are also encouraged to join their local chapter networks as they work toward positive change in schools.
Parent Education Workshops
Our parent education workshops provide an overview of the current K-12 educational landscape, summarize key issues interfering with students’ civil rights, and train parents and guardians in effective, pro-human advocacy.
Legal Letters and Comments
Letters and comments made by FAIR advance civil rights and liberties, and promote a common culture based on fairness, understanding and humanity.
Publications and Media
Our selected publications and media will give you an overview and the latest news for developments in schools.

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