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Teaching inquiry through the study of endangered cultures

from Education Week

Cultures around the world are vanishing at a rapid rate. Unique forms of cultural knowledge — language, myths and stories, rituals, music, artifacts, traditional dress and unique agricultural methods — are at risk. According to UNESCO, half of the languages spoken today will disappear if nothing is done to preserve them. Why does this matter? Anthropologist Wade Davis, in an interview with National Geographic explains, "As cultures disappear and life becomes more uniform, we as a people and a species, and Earth itself, will be deeply impoverished." Learning what is at risk is essential. more


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