Laura Tavares and Jocelyn Stanton

Laura Tavares is Senior Associate, Program Staff Development for Facing History. Jocelyn Stanton is Senior Associate for Program Staff Development for Facing History.

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How Teachers Can Help Students Make Sense of Today's Political and Social Tensions

Posted by Laura Tavares and Jocelyn Stanton on March 24, 2016


We are living in a time of deep political and social divisions. Here at Facing History, we’ve been noticing that the same dynamics of “us and them” that we explore through history and literature are a powerful force in our own world today. In the United States, we’re confronted with troubling news whenever we turn on the TV, open the paper, or use social media: verbal abuse and physical violence erupt at political rallies. Hateful graffiti defaces the interfaith chapel of a national university. Students trade antisemitic and homophobic taunts at a high school basketball game. Tensions around membership and belonging are also felt around the world.

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Topics: Classrooms, Facing History Resources, Learning

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