by James L. Smith
Although no single approach can help history teachers deal with every controversial issue or situation they might face, here are my guidelines for dealing with controversial subjects.
- Be fair.
- Use good judgement.
- Be able to justify what you do in the classroom.
Academic Freedom and the Social Studies Teacher
Dealing with Controversial Issues
Controversial Issues in the Classroom
Religion in History and Social Studies
(from the American Historical Association)
Bias, Hate Speech, and Prejudice Discussions
(from the University of Oregon’s Teaching Effectiveness Program)