Teaching the controversy — but how? | Joanne

In The Case for Contention, Jonathan Zimmerman and Emily Robertson argue for the Enlightenment tradition, writes David Steiner in an Education Next review. “Leading students in discussion of controversial issues can be regarded as essential to effective and efficient education,” writes Steiner, a Johns Hopkins education policy professor. Discussing controversial issues teaches students to “formulate and evaluate arguments.”

Teaching controversy always has been difficult, write Zimmerman and Robertson. “We simply do not trust our teachers to engage students on controversial issues in a…

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