Summary: This article from the Washington Post presents some ideas about how to handle the inevitable questions from students about Charlottesville as school begins this year. There are many resources that are listed in the article that may be helpful in guiding discussions as schools start the 2017-18 year.
Source: Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, August 13, 2017
The 2017-2018 school year is getting started, and teachers nationwide should expect students to want to discuss what happened in Charlottesville as well as other expressions of racial and religious hatred in the country.
While such discussions are often seen as politically charged and teachers like to steer clear of politics, these conversations are about fundamental American values, and age-appropriate ways of discussing hatred and tolerance in a diverse and vibrant democracy are as important as anything young people can learn in school. Civics and history education have taken a back seat to reading and math in recent years in “the era of accountability,” but it is past time for them to take center stage again in America’s schools.
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