A Daily Nous reader sends in a question concerning classroom discussions of recent events and the controversial and sensitive subjects they involve:
Following up on the recent discussion at Daily Nous, I’m writing with a query that I’m wondering if you might be willing to post for comments.
I’m planning to spend a couple of days on race, policing, and police violence in my philosophy of law course this week, and I would love to hear people’s thoughts on leading discussions and managing classroom dynamics when these topics are on the table. I worry about things getting out of hand, but I find myself worrying at least as much about students clamming up (finding the issues too sensitive or the wrongness too obvious). Any thoughts that others have for navigating these discussions would be much appreciated. Thanks so much in advance.