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San Diego School Board To Consider Trayvon Martin Case Class Discussions

As a government teacher in San Diego Unified, I support this proposal. I think that having an open discussion about a case that made national headlines deserves to be addressed by curious students.

We should talk about the kind of environment and the culture of this country that would encourage someone to confront a complete stranger.

This could be a great starting off point to discuss gun laws and the second amendment.

We should talk about "stand your ground" laws, whether students think they are fair, or effective.

And most importantly, we should discuss what students should do if confronted by someone in the middle of the night.

The conversation will be open and candid, with students safely sharing their views. As an assessment of their understanding, persuasive essays or presentations could be made. Anything that promotes critical thinking (with use of evidence to back up opinions) is a good opportunity for our students to grow as people.

July 29, 2013 at 9:31 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

National Business Coalition Wants Tougher Math, Science Standards

I find it somewhat perverse that the voices calling for reform in education are only being listened to once they come from big business and corporations. Of course, we're suppose to initiate higher standards, despite increasing the size of classrooms and cutting teachers.

April 27, 2011 at 2:59 a.m. ( | suggest removal )