Teachers logging into their virtual classrooms this week have a choice: Address the protests happening across the country, or try to move along with year end lessons.
Sigal Ben-Porath, a Penn GSE expert in civic education and a former high school teacher who worked in conflict areas, asks teachers not to pretend protests about institutional racism and police brutality don’t exist.
Students, especially older students, will remember this moment and how they felt. Ben-Porath says the most educative action teachers could take would be to have the hard conversation about what is happening in the United States right now.
This is true for students of any age, and especially true for students who are living in the communities at the center of protests.
Ben-Porath suggests teachers start with a check-in, and then ask two questions: What needs to change, and how do we create that change?
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