Friday, August 7, 2015

A Year of Racial Tumult Brings Potent Lessons — and Risks — to the Classroom

The Chronicle of Higher Education
August 7th, 2015

For scholars of African-American studies, the police killings of unarmed black men in several cities over the past year have been personally searing and unusually powerful pedagogically.
"It’s tragic and terrible that these things keep happening," said Amani T. Marshall, a lecturer in history at Georgia State University, "but as a historian and a teacher, it makes my job so easy."
But making educational use of high-profile events in the news can also present pitfalls. Students can respond unpredictably, derailing class discussions. Faculty members often find they’ve let loose a flood of contradictory feelings in their students that they must expertly guide. Many professors of color must cope with similar emotions themselves.

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