Post-Election Support for Facilitating Difficult Conversations

How can we as educators best support our students as they process the results of this divisive political season? Facing History recently published this blog post, What Next?: How to Move Forward Together After a Divisive Election, to give educators some context for thinking about the election. The resources below can help educators today as they navigate students’ responses to the election.

  • Fostering Civil Discourse offers strategies for establishing a safe space for sensitive topics, creating a classroom contract, providing opportunities for student reflection, and modeling respectful civil discourse. 
  • Lesson: The Impact of Identity: Use activities in this lesson to help students identify how their identity contributes to the way they respond to other people (and how other people respond to us).
  • Lesson: Understanding the Universe of Obligation: This lesson helps students explore the factors that influence the extent to which we feel an obligation for helping others.
  • Article: Confronting Confirmation Bias: Giving Truth a Fighting Chance in the Information Age: Written by Alan C. Miller, president of the News Literacy Project, this article explains social media algorithms and the “filter bubble” and how to build students’ news literacy skills. 
  • Article: Invoking History in Today’s Politics: This article emphasizes the importance of using historical perspective to ask probing questions about our country and our choices. 
  • Facing Today blog post: Choosing to Participate in a Digital Age: What does it mean to choose to participate in a digital world? This blog post shares the Youth and Participatory Politics Action Frame as a model to help young people reflect on the ethical choices they face in their desire to make a difference.

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