What are the goals of lessons on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
Our curricular goals are taken directly from the Massachusetts History and Social Sciences Framework. The frameworks on page 158 specify that high school history courses "explain the background for the establishment of the modern state of Israel in 1948, and subsequent military and political conflicts," and go on to identify 8 key areas of study related to this topic.
The purpose of lessons on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or on the larger, historical Arab-Israeli conflict, is not to tell students what to think about an enormously complicated topic or to advocate for any particular vision. Instead, the goal for teachers is to expose students to arguments that exist and are advocated for in the real world.