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One Year After Charlottesville, How Should We Talk With Our Students About Hate?
By Peter DeWitt on August 5, 2018
As we head into the one-year anniversary of the horrific events in Charlottesville, which intersects with the beginning of school, consider what you can do in your classroom this year. There are a variety of ways you can address these issues, even with our youngest children.
Using children's and young adult literature is a powerful way to introduce and deepen students' understanding of identity, race, racism, culture, civil rights history and people's struggle to overcome injustice. Currents events are excellent openings to talk about what's happening in the world and help students grapple news events in the context of bias, discrimination, and social justice in social studies, English or advisory.
High school can be an especially appropriate time to discuss Charlottesville, the alt-right and white supremacy. Young people already know about these topics through their social media feeds, but they are not necessarily analyzing them with the rigor and critical thinking that classroom instruction can bring. Teaching moments (from racial "jokes" and stereotypes to xenophobia in the news to a hate incident in school) provide ripe opportunities to dig deeper into the background, motivations, impacts and solutions to issues.
And it is always important to leave young people of all ages with hope and optimism. One way to do this is to explore historical and current-day examples of activism, especially where young people have taken the lead, and engage them in a social action project of their own creation. Read more....
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