In watching the video on current events, I was struck with how similar the experiences of the speaker were to my own as I struggle to find ways to discuss hot topic issues in a blended classroom of liberal and conservative views. I teach 2 political science classes and my favorite aspect of the course is building the foundations that allow my students to have robust and deep conversations about current political events. The challenge is always how to control for the uncontrollable. I believe this begins, as the speaker said, with establishing clear ground rules for discussion.
I was also struck with how to deal with the conflicts regarding evolution and the big bang in conservative areas with parents and administration. I hope to develop a BHP curriculum for my 7th grade students this year, and this is one of the largest stumbling blocks.