Current Issues

Classroom activities to engage students in learning about and discussing issues in the news

May 8, 2021

Students discuss two different visions of policing and racial justice - and consider how the thinking of one organizer and lawyer evolved over time.

April 29, 2021

Students learn about efforts by European nations to ban Muslim face coverings, discuss the impact of these laws, then reflect on the voices of Muslim women on this issue.

April 21, 2021

Students share their thoughts and feelings in response to the conviction of police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd.

April 19, 2021

Students learn about and discuss the current state of the youth climate movement and how young people are helping to shape our nation's response to the climate crisis.

April 18, 2021

Students hear the story of one Asian American family, consider some key dates in the history of racism against Asian Americans, and learn about and discuss their own family history.

April 11, 2021

Students learn about and discuss why people around the world are calling for a “people’s vaccine” to protect everyone against Covid.

April 6, 2021

Students explore the accelerating move toward electric vehicles and consider how we might address some of the remaining obstacles to this transition.

March 21, 2021

Students engage in inquiry to uncover the history of redistricting and gerrymandering and discuss the provisions of H.R.1, which proposes an end to partisan redistricting.

March 19, 2021

Students grapple with numbers in the news, from the minimum wage bill to Bezos's billions.

March 8, 2021

Through guiding questions and inquiry, students collectively gain an understanding of a new monument, the artwork, the artist’s intentions, and some of the history influencing the work. The activity encourages students to honor the women who came before us and those who continue to take action...