Series: Teaching Controversial Issues
What kind of teacher are you? A neutral facilitator? Or someone who is likely to volunteer your views? When it comes to impacting student learning, studies show no significant difference between these two approaches. But there are pros and cons.
Teaching controversial issues can be tough. And, as a teacher, you'll always have to deal with curve balls from students or stakeholders. But with preparation and practice, it will get easier.
When it comes to teaching controversial issues, one of your main concerns may be push back from parents or administrators. To avoid conflict, communication and preparation are key.
Tackling controversial issues in the classroom can be difficult, but it's important to do. No matter where your students go in life, they will encounter controversy and difference. And, they need the skills to navigate it. That preparation begins in the classroom. Show Less
Spontaneous discussions are great for examining historical decisions or ethical debates, not so much for controversial issues, which can often involve people's identities, backgrounds or politics. Discussing contentious subjects requires careful student preparation and the use of effective teaching strategies, which can help you maintain control in the classroom. Show Less