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Podcast: Teaching Controversial Issues

Jillian McGuire Turbitt

We have a conversation with Choices Program writer, Mackenzie Abernethy and Moses Brown School teachers, Graham Holland and Jonathan Gold, about how to approach teaching controversial issues in the classroom.

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The Death of Fidel Castro

Andy Blackadar

The death of Fidel Castro marks a milestone. Castro was a key figure in U.S. foreign policy over the past fifty years, a villain straight out of central casting in the imaginations of many Americans. At the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, he actually wrote a letter to Khrushchev encouraging him to use nuclear […]

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Values and Public Policy in the Classroom

Susan Graseck

We have just been through a contentious national election. Some people are pleased with the outcome; others are not. Most, regardless of their views, are surprised and need to recalibrate. Our students are no different. Since the election, we have heard from teachers around the country who decided to use the lesson Values and Public Policy to help […]

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Podcast: Teaching the Presidential Election

Andy Blackadar

The results of this election will be historic and consequential. For teachers, it’s a great moment to help students develop the skills to consider the substance of the election, as well as identify their own beliefs and values. In a highly-charged partisan atmosphere, there is an opportunity for teachers to encourage respectful civic discourse and participation. One set […]

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Podcast: Challenges of Writing Curriculum About Immigration

Jillian McGuire Turbitt

The Choices Program writing team talk about the challenges of writing a curriculum for high school students about immigration.

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The New School Year: Processing the Summer’s Events in the Classroom

Lindsay Turchan

A lot can happen in a summer. With the new school year already off to a start for some and soon to begin for others, all of us at Choices want to take a moment to recognize the many tragic events that have taken place in the past few months throughout the world. International terror […]

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Login to Learn—The Global Refugee Crisis: Where Do We Go from Here?

Andy Blackadar

Login to a talk on the global refugee crisis with the Choices Program Leadership Institute, Friday, July 15, 1-2:30. Expert Madeline Campbell will discuss her work with refugees from Iraq and Syria at camps and communities throughout the Middle East, the confounding global circumstances, and strategies for addressing this growing crisis. The UN reports that a tragic record […]

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Brexit: Connecting it to Classrooms

Andy Blackadar

This week’s Brexit vote was a shock to many and has been cast as the result of many forces. Here are some short commentaries put together by faculty at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. They cover a range of subjects: NATO, oil markets, identity, the future of the UK, to name […]

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Brazil: Curriculum Development, or Sometimes History Happens While You Write

Andy Blackadar

For the past year, the Choices Program has been working on a complete revision of its curriculum resources on Brazil. The project is a collaboration with the Brazil Initiative at the Watson Institute at Brown University and incorporates fantastic scholarship, new lessons, and videos. We hope to publish the new materials in the coming weeks. The new (and as you’ll see, […]

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Approaching Race in the Classroom, Actively

Mackenzie Abernethy

Authors: Mackenize Abernethy, Camisia Glasgow, and LIndsay Turchan Inequalities embedded in the history of the United States—the legacies of colonialism, slavery, and imperialism—and the resilience of communities of color striving for liberty and equity, may gain more of a spotlight in the classroom during Black History Month. These discussions may raise new questions for some […]

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