Summary: This article deals with how teachers can foster a classroom environment that allows for discussion of controversial issues both in and out of school. The author offers ten tips for teachers to engage students in difficult conversations.
Source: H. Richard Milner IV, Education Week, August 15, 2017
“Although children of all ages are reflecting on tough social issues, so many opportunities for teachers to draw upon these powerful realities as anchors for curriculum and instruction are lost. Rather than avoiding controversial matters, teachers (and parents) should actually deliberately keep them at the center of classroom instruction. But if teachers aren’t properly prepared to engage their students productively, we can actually do more harm than good”
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