Standardized tests, school policies, litigation and other factors can leave little room for social studies teachers to engage students in free-flowing discussions about the Iraq War, writes author and college professor Jonathan Zimmerman of New York University. In this commentary, he notes that it takes courage for teachers to address controversial subjects. "Instead, we need to prepare teachers who can model the skills of democracy: inquiry, reason, tolerance and dialogue. And we need to give those teachers the space to practice them," he writes.
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