Preparing Students to Face Troubling Issues

When we teach our students about death in the trenches of World War I, what do we want them to learn? And how should they feel? What comes of a 15-year old considering some 300,000 dead at the Battle of the Somme? I would find it chilling if a student had no emotional response to the scale... Continue Reading →

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Teaching Against Hope?: Helping Students Face Global Problems

It goes something like this: I cannot save the people out in the rafts upon the Mediterranean. I cannot help them-- a few dollars to a worthwhile charity is essentially meaningless. I cannot help the women trapped in sweatshops because I don't know where my clothes come from and without those jobs, they might starve... Continue Reading →