Current Issues

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

July 25, 2021

Students explore the debate over the U.S.'s rising military budget and where young people stand on the issue.

June 27, 2021

Students dive into a new report documenting how little the very rich are taxed - and what that might mean for the rest of us. 

June 17, 2021

Congress has passed and President Biden has signed a new law making Juneteenth a federal holiday. Students learn about and discuss Juneteenth.

June 13, 2021

Amid a controversy over a plan to provide debt relief to Black farmers, students dig deeply into history to grapple with the question, “Do all farmers matter?”

June 6, 2021

Students explore arguments for and against DC statehood and consider growing efforts by advocates, including young people, to fight for representation.

May 24, 2021

The question “who owns the land?” underlies many conflicts. Students explore issues surrounding land, place, and belonging – especially as they affect Native Americans and African Americans.

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.