Ashland High School teacher helps Harvard develop Ukraine curriculum

ASHLAND, Ore. – An Ashland High School teacher was selected to help develop curriculum centered on Ukraine culture and significance. Paul Huard, a humanities teacher, is one of six teachers across the nation, that will help bring Ukrainian history and culture to American classrooms through a program sponsored by Harvard.

He said it’s important for students to realize the global contributions of Ukraine and that it is more than a war. However, he said the invasion will still be a focus because it’s important students understand current events.

“Your political choices are your own. I will never tell a student what they have to think. I will never tell a student what they have to vote. But I will tell them, ‘you need to make a choice. You need to understand the world. You need to understand this nation, but you need to understand the world and in doing so, you need to have facts, critical reasoning and argumentation.'”

Huard has spent time in Poland and Ukraine, to help refugees; something he said he’ll continue to do in the summer. He said that experience will help him build this curriculum, which he told NBC5 will take months to complete.

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Ben Blake was a Producer/Reporter for NBC5 News who departed in June, 2024. He’s a Klamath Falls native who graduated from Oregon State University with a Digital Communication degree. While at OSU, he was a producer and on-air talent at KBVR-TV and KBVR-FM. He also worked for PAC-12 Networks and OSU Athletics. In his free time, Ben likes to play just about any sport. He also plays the piano, guitar, and trumpet.
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