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Controversy in the Classroom: The Democratic Power of Discussion



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In a conservative educational climate that is dominated by policies like No Child Left Behind, one of the most serious effects has been for educators to worry about the politics of what they are teaching and how they are teaching it. As a result, many dedicated teachers choose to avoid controversial issues altogether in preference for "safe" knowledge and "safe" teaching practices. Diana Hess interrupts this dangerous trend by providing readers a spirited and detailed argument for why curricula and teaching based on controversial issues are truly crucial at this time.

Author Biography

Diana E. Hess is an Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Table of Contents

Series Editor Introduction
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The Case for Controversial Political Issues
Why Democracy Demands Controversyp. 11
Rationales for Controversial Issues Discussions in Schoolsp. 27
Defining Controversial Political Issuesp. 37
Inside Classrooms
Skillful Teaching of Controversial Issues Discussionsp. 53
Diversity in Our Midst: Ideological Diversity in Classrooms and Its Impact on Controversial Issues Discussionp. 77
To Disclose or Not to Disclose: A Controversial Choice for Teachers Co-authored with Paula McAvoyp. 97
Controversy in the Curriculum
Teaching in the Tip: Controversies About What Is Legitimately Controversialp. 113
September 11: "The Ultimate Teachable Moment": How Supplementary Materials and Textbooks Deal with Controversy in the Classroomp. 131
Creating More Controversy in Classroomsp. 161
Methodological Overview of Study Used in Chapters 5 and 6p. 175
Views about Issues Discussionsp. 179
Notesp. 181
Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 193
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