For this post in the Behind the Teacher’s Desk series, I am going to talk about how we as educators can talk about difficult topics in the classroom such as racism, violence, immigration, and natural disasters around the world. This is something that’s often brought up during my class sessions, so I am sharing some of what I’m learning with you!
It’s hard to ignore what’s been going on in the world. If you’re not someone who frequently watches the news, you may see articles upon articles discussing the latest tremors heard around the world. If you’re not an internet or television person, you may hear your news from a newspaper or a peer.
As a teacher, I’ve learned that it’s even harder to ignore these problems in the classroom.
Sure as educators, we try to remain unbiased so that we create and cultivate a classroom where students feel free to effectively express their opinions as appropriate to class discussion.
Sure as educators, we should be encouraging our students to think critically about things and to form their own educated opinions using the evidence provided to them.
But what do you do when these problems are problems that affect their livelihood or their family’s livelihood?