How should we teach our nation's history?
Submitted by Kathy_Tracey on August 20, 2017 - 1:19pm
As we all have been watching, or living in, areas of protest and counter protests, educators have taken the lead in national conversations about our history; many have been sharing resources on how to teach our history. While resources have been shared addressing the event's of Charlottesville, others shared tools to facilitate a much broader discussion of equity, injustice, and history.
I hope you find those resources meaningful for you, but I want to introduce a different way to integrate social justice education in our classroom. The strategy is called Civic Reflection. Through using images, short readings, poems, or videos, students, staff, and community members engage in conversations about issues that impact their community. I invite you to explore the website linked above. The strategies for planning and then facilitating a discussion are very helpful. Tools like civic reflection provide our students a shared and safe space to talk about complicated issues and connect to history, current events, or literature to their lives.
I'd love to hear how you will address the current issues in our country and if you feel civic engagement is a resource that will help you provide structure in the conversations that are happening.