Teaching Kids Controversy: Education, Pluralism, and Hot Topics

Featuring Jonathan Zimmerman, Ashley Rogers Berner, Elizabeth Anderson Worden, Neal McCluskey, & Valerie Strauss

Public schools were created with a mission to bring diverse people together and inculcate shared values thought necessary for democracy. But teaching children about politically, religiously, racially, or otherwise highly charged topics has turned out to be very difficult, driven by fear of igniting explosive conflicts. The result has been that potential flashpoints—but also crucial topics—have often been soft‐​pedaled or skipped entirely in schools. Which raises a fundamental question: Can a public education system encompassing very diverse people ever teach all children about highly controversial topics? Join a panel of experts as they tackle a critical question that is, itself, highly contentious.