Representin’ Queens

Dean  J. Guarnaschelli

Our family immigration project and teacher workshop this month are of great pedagogical value.  On an additional level, the project is also an homage to Queens, an area of the USA that been the cite of great diversity for hundreds of years.  Recently, I saw a segment on public television describing the Flushing Remonstrance, a document older than the U.S. Constitution that in essence paved the way for religious tolerance in a young America.  The petition is an echo from the past indeed, but its point is timeless and it serves as a great focal point for the project at the classroom level.  Regardless of students’ individual family ties to Queens, there is a common thread to all to came to Queens.  Watching the stories unfold as much as they intertwine will be an exiting aspect of the grant project.

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