Summary: This article provides some resources and ideas for dealing with the Charlottesville protests and other controversial subjects in the classroom. Experts recommend administrators provide support and PD to teachers on addressing difficult subjects.
Source: Linda Jacobson, Education DIVE, August 17, 2017
“Educators often wonder whether to wait for children to ask questions about disturbing incidents or whether to initiate conversations or lessons that take current headlines into consideration. Regarding Charlottesville, some educators have been urging teachers to bring up the topic as soon as they can.
“I think that when teachers don’t mention the big things that are happening outside the classroom walls, students get the idea that they are not important. I think we should start the year talking about it,” Platt says, adding that administrators can support teachers by pointing them to curriculum resources about racism and social justice and saying “loud and clear, ‘We confront racism head on at this school.’” ”
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