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The Resource The case for contention : teaching controversial issues in American schools, Jonathan Zimmerman and Emily Robertson

The case for contention : teaching controversial issues in American schools, Jonathan Zimmerman and Emily Robertson

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The case for contention : teaching controversial issues in American schools
Title
The case for contention
Title remainder
teaching controversial issues in American schools
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Jonathan Zimmerman and Emily Robertson
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eng
Summary
"From the fights about the teaching of evolution to the details of sex education, it may seem like American schools are hotbeds of controversy. But as [the author's demonstrate], it is precisely because such topics are so inflammatory outside school walls that they are so commonly avoided within them. And this, they argue, is a tremendous disservice to our students. Armed with a ... history of the development of American educational policy and norms and a clear philosophical analysis of the value of contention in public discourse, they show that one of the best things American schools should do is face controversial topics dead on, right in their classrooms. [The authors] highlight an aspect of American politics that we know all too well: We are terrible at having informed, reasonable debates. We opt instead to hurl insults and accusations at one another or, worse, sit in silence and privately ridicule the other side. Wouldn't an educational system that focuses on how to have such debates in civil and mutually respectful ways improve our public culture and help us overcome the political impasses that plague us today? To realize such a system, the authors argue that we need to not only better prepare our educators for the teaching of hot-button issues, but also provide them the professional autonomy and legal protection to do so. And we need to know exactly what constitutes a controversy, which is itself a controversial issue. The existence of climate change, for instance, should not be subject to discussion in schools: scientists overwhelmingly agree that it exists. How we prioritize it against other needs, such as economic growth, however--that is worth a debate. [The authors] show that our squeamishness over controversy in the classroom has left our students woefully underserved as future citizens. But they also show that we can fix it: if we all just agree to disagree, in an atmosphere of mutual respect."--
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1961-
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Zimmerman, Jonathan
Index
index present
LC call number
LC72.2
LC item number
.Z56 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Robertson, Emily
Series statement
The history and philosophy of education series
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  • Teaching, Freedom of
  • Teaching
  • Education
  • Democracy and education
  • Democracy and education
  • Education
  • Teaching, Freedom of
  • Teaching
  • United States
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The case for contention : teaching controversial issues in American schools, Jonathan Zimmerman and Emily Robertson
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 103-116) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the controversy over controversial issues -- Historical reflections: teacher freedom and controversial issues -- Philosophical reflections: exploring the ideal of teaching controversial issues -- Conclusion: policy and practice in teaching controversial issues
Control code
957223252
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
122 pages
Isbn
9780226456201
Lccn
2016036890
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)957223252
Label
The case for contention : teaching controversial issues in American schools, Jonathan Zimmerman and Emily Robertson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 103-116) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: the controversy over controversial issues -- Historical reflections: teacher freedom and controversial issues -- Philosophical reflections: exploring the ideal of teaching controversial issues -- Conclusion: policy and practice in teaching controversial issues
Control code
957223252
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
122 pages
Isbn
9780226456201
Lccn
2016036890
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)957223252

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