As the 2018 midterm election approaches, America’s polarized politics are on full display. In this episode of The Report Card with Nat Malkus, on the AEI Education Podcast, Jonathan Zimmerman and Norm Ornstein join to discuss how addressing controversial topics in the classroom head-on, and giving all students the opportunity to engage in competitive, civil debate, can – paradoxically — help create more informed citizens and improve the nation’s political discourse.


The Case for Contention: Teaching Controversial Issues in America’s schools | Jonathan Zimmerman and Emily Robertson | University of Chicago Press, 2017

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