Publication Date: April 24, 2015
Teaching the Tough Issues introduces a groundbreaking teaching method intended to help English, social studies, and humanities teachers address difficult or controversial topics in their secondary classrooms. Because these issues are rarely addressed in teacher preparation programs, few teachers feel confident facilitating conversations around culturally and politically sensitive issues in ways that honor their diverse students’ voices and lead to critical, transformative thinking. The author describes a four-step method to help teachers structure discussions and written assignments while concurrently assisting them in addressing Common Core State Standards. Designed to aid students in both developing their own viewpoints on contentious issues and in actively critiquing those of their teachers and peers, these practices will enhance any humanities curriculum.
Jacqueline Darvin is associate professor of secondary literacy education, program director for adolescent literacy education, and deputy chair of the Secondary Education and Youth Services (SEYS) Department at Queens College–City University of New York.
"A powerful tool for guiding students as they explore their identity, unafraid to explore what it means to be human. "
— from the foreword by Douglas Fisher, professor of educational leadership, San Diego State University
"Darvin takes on the big important issues in adolescents’ lives that often go unaddressed in most classrooms.With an equal balance of sensitivity and directness, she exhorts teachers to name, deconstruct, and think curricularly about the cultural and political forces influencing and being influenced by today’s youth."
—William Brozo, professor of literacy, George Mason University, and author of Wham! Teaching with Graphic Novels Across the Curriculum