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Helping science teachers tackle misinformation and controversial topics 

The Hechinger Report

This summer, the NCSE ramped up its efforts to help teachers grapple with controversial topics. According to Reid, because NCSE found that many teachers didn’t receive much training on topics like climate change or epidemiology, these new lessons include a lot of information to bring teachers up to speed on the science.

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Sources Talking to Other Sources

C3 Teachers

This post will not spend time arguing why controversy needs to be taught in the classroom. The point is, controversial topics WILL make it into your classroom. Teaching controversial topics makes it on our top 10 list for a reason. If you can, embrace them! It’s not easy.

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Could AI Give Civics Education a Boost?

ED Surge

Both educators hope that teaching critical thinking and how to analyze historical events will shift the conversation away from culture war arguments about whether and how to teach controversial topics. “By

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Promoting Literacy: Cultivate a Reading Culture

Catlin Tucker

Reading logs are a controversial topic. I like to assign it as homework because I think it is essential that they are reading at home, but I also allow them to use silent reading time in class towards the requirements of the reading log. I find that this is an added incentive to get those reluctant readers to buy in.

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The Power of I Used to Think…Now I Think

Catlin Tucker

Debates or Controversial Topics: When discussing controversial issues in a history or social studies class, the teacher could prompt students to reflect on their initial opinions and how exposure to different viewpoints has influenced their perspective.

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John Merrow: Don’t Read Banned Books and Don’t Vote!

Diane Ravitch

People familiar with DeSantis’s efforts to restrict classroom discussion of controversial topics had no trouble believing that he would try to prevent young people from reading controversial or challenging books. How many of these books have you read? Have your children read most of them? What on earth is going on in Florida?

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We shouldn’t pretend neutrality in the face of injustice

Dangerously Irrelevant

Following up on my previous post , I’m going to share a fantastic blog post from Michael Kaechele : I have grown weary of the call to avoid controversial topics and stay neutral. Silence is compliance. There is only one side to these events that is fair, just, and equitable.