Ethics and Morality

Teaching controversial issues is something that has always been difficult, but I think it has gotten more difficult than ever. Our youth are so involved in events and politics due to technology and I feel like they are more opinionated than ever. That is a great thing and of course we want our students to have an opinion of their own, but as teachers we need to make sure that we are not forcing our own opinions on an issue or belief onto them. Students should feel comfortable in sharing their opinions in the classroom and regardless of their standpoint on anything they should be treated with respect.

In the article by Diana E. Hess, she mentions four approaches that she has seen teachers take on controversial issues. The four approaches are denial, privilege, avoidance, and balance. Personally, I have seen avoidance played out the most in my schooling years because teachers just do not want to deal with arguments that may arise or they might be fearful of outcomes when the issues are brought up. I think it is a valid thing to be nervous of because our youth is so opinionated, but I do not think that should stop teachers teaching it as a whole. Teachers should teach it from a non-bias standpoint and make sure the class remains respectable and a place of comfort. This idea leads into the balance category. The balance approach is teaching the matter and making sure both sides are heard. This is the approach I would like to have when I begin teaching. I do not think my kids knowing my views on issues is an important thing and should not make a difference. This is why I would like to have a balance and let both sides of the issue feel like they can speak as well as be heard.