ERIC Number: ED491765
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
Talking Tough Topics in the Classroom. Occasional Paper Series 12
Silin, Jonathan G.; Boldt, Gail Masuchika; Nelson, Stephanie; Sexton-Reade, Molly; Muslin, Zenaida
Bank Street College of Education
Communities, schools, and individual teachers differ widely in their understanding of whether the classroom should be a place for helping children make sense of tough topics. In this "Occasional Paper," four educators describe their approaches to tough topics in the classroom--gender, sexual identity, death, and diversity. Despite differing subject matter, the essays have much in common. The authors in this volume understand the exquisite tension between voice and silence that must be respected in the classroom if community is to flourish. As teachers nurture voice and respect appropriate silences among their students, they also reflect on their own motivation for talking about tough issues in the classroom. The authors here model how personal passions can be successfully transformed into vibrant curriculum. Endnotes and references are included at the end of each essay.
Descriptors: Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Sexual Identity, Sexuality, Classroom Techniques, Children, Death, Teacher Motivation, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Discussion, Student Diversity
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Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bank Street Coll. of Education, New York, NY.