Current Issues

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

February 27, 2022

Students reflect on global headlines about the invasion and the response to it, then hear and discuss the voices of Ukrainians.

February 25, 2022

The attack on Ukraine is on the minds of many young people - and adults. Here, we share some resources for discussing upsetting issues in the news. 

February 23, 2022

Students consider the ongoing problem of student loan debt and how grassroots activism has elevated this issue in American politics. 

January 29, 2022

Legislators in 19 states have passed laws that weaken a pillar of democracy: the right to vote. Students examine this legislation and efforts by grassroots groups to protect and extend voting rights. 

January 26, 2022

In honor of Black History Month, consider these lessons on everything from the story of Black farmers to the history of voter suppression.

January 5, 2022

Students learn about and reflect on the life and values of the activist and thinker Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who died on December 26, 2021. 

January 3, 2022

U.S. workers are rethinking their relationship to work in the Covid era. Students explore why many Americans are quitting their jobs, or striking for better pay and more respect.

December 31, 2021

A collection of ideas and links for teaching on the anniversary of the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. 

November 30, 2021

Students learn about the life and legacy of Toni Morrison and discuss how her 1987 book Beloved is both frequently taught and frequently subject to calls for censorship. 

November 8, 2021

What is "throwaway culture" — and how do we participate in it? Students explore 'planned obsolescence' and a countering movement for the 'right-to-repair.'