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Making Civics Real Workshop 8: Rights and Responsibilities of Students  
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Workshop 7

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Teacher Perspectives: Teaching about controversial topics

Matt Johnson: I try to stay neutral because I don't want to color any of the kids' arguments. I want them to feel free to throw whatever argument they want out there, [but] I don't know if I stay neutral. I'm sure there's body language, comments, word choices that I may employ that tip my feelings on a situation. [In] the hypothetical, I tried to use as neutral language as possible. I tried to balance it out. I tried to explain the petitioner’s point of view and give some evidence for the respondent's point of view. If they perceive me as coming at a situation from one perspective, they may want to argue to be on my side. It's important to give the kids the opportunity to take the argument anywhere they want.


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