- Students: The Original American Revolutionaries - February 21, 2018
- The Case of the Shrinking Education Department - November 12, 2017
- We Must Teach the Worst of our History; Not Glorify It - August 14, 2017
- Transgender Student Rights are Human Rights - February 23, 2017
- Why “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” Still Matters in 2017 - January 16, 2017
- No Right to an Education: Detroit Schools and the Secretary of Education Nominee - November 29, 2016
- I Think I Failed You – A Civics Teacher’s Letter to her Former Students - November 16, 2016
- Transforming the ‘Trump Effect’ in Schools - October 27, 2016
- Implicit Bias: The Missed Post-Debate Discussion - October 4, 2016
- 15 Years after 9/11: Days of Infamy & Memory as History - September 12, 2016
It is impossible to ignore the downward spiral of discourse and debate in American politics over the last year. Teachers pay special attention to public discourse because they know that what happens at the higher elevations of society always trickles down to their students. How adults in leadership speak to and about each other will be reflected in the schools. Whether students are influenced by the adults in their homes or on tv, it’s important to realize that teachers will be left to deal with the toxic aftermath of what has become normalized in society. Here are some examples of what civic discourse has become, and following that, five tips on how to detoxify discourse in your classroom.
We just completed two weeks of political party conventions, where our country’s leadership and potential leadership was on display. Most younger students won’t have watched the conventions, but their parents may have, and many older students might have watched. Hopefully teachers watched because every election matters when you are responsible for educating the young people of this country. The conventions give us a good view into the kind of language being used by adult leaders.