Why do people actually think stifling discourse about polarizing current events is the key to a good education?
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When faced with tragedies like the shooting of Michael Brown and the community unrest that followed, there are many hard questions to be asked. Why did this happen again? Who should be held accountable? How do we prevent such injustices?
But among the hard questions, few are so pressing, or essential, as this: What do we tell the children?
For educators, that question weighs heavily, and in the Brown case all the more so because Brown’s death occurred just as the new academic year begins.But in Edwardsville, Illinois, the answer is chilling: What do we tell the children? We tell them nothing.
From the local CBS affiliate in St. Louis:
A new directive has been issued in Edwardsville schools: Don’t talk about Ferguson or Michael Brown in class.