Monday, October 05, 2020

Education Weekly: Is the Election Still a Teachable Moment?

Sarah Schwartz from Education Week recently interviewed Street Law staff Cathy Ruffing and Jen Wheeler, as well as various Street Law associated educators, on if it's still worth teaching the 2020 Election despite the challenges this historic election has provided.

An excerpt of the article has been included below. You can find the entire article online at Education Week for free. Signing up for a free account isn't necessary to read the article, unless you've read an Education Week article already this month.

"For students, it can feel like the nation is on the verge of a crisis. Isabel Morales, an 8th grade U.S. history teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District, said that her class asked whether a second Civil War could happen if people were unhappy with the outcome of the election.

“It’s really hard to teach this at this moment. I tell them that I don’t want to lie to them. But I also don’t want to make them extremely scared and depressed,” Morales said."

Isabel Morales, 8th grade U.S. History Teacher