Dr. David Childs, Ph.D.
Northern Kentucky University
For this week’s article we will continue with the topic of impeachment. We decided to continue the discussion, as impeachment conversations have been dominating recent news and politics.
It is an important topic to address in middle and high school classrooms today. With the House of Representatives deliberating impeachment and possibly making Trump only the third president to be impeached, it is important for students to understand what it all means. However, it is a touchy topic, even for classroom teachers. It is understandable that teachers may have some trepidation about teaching on the topic of impeachment. There are many resources that can help teachers with this daunting task. For example, a recent article from the Penn State Graduate School of Education outlines tips for discussing the topic in the classroom. They highlight several tips teachers can abide by in teaching about impeachment. See them below.
- not be afraid to discuss controversial issues, but embrace them in classroom discussions.
- help students dig into the facts about the nature and process of impeachment, as well as the role of the three branches of government.
- create a classroom environment that facilitates whole and small group discussion surrounding impeachment.
- intentionally dedicate time in their classroom to adequately cover the topic of impeachment.
- consider diverse viewpoints, that can be supported by valid sources.
- help students take the discussion and research beyond the classroom and have students research their local government and political process.
- feel comfortable articulating their viewpoints, as long as they also remain unbiased in their teaching and discussions.
See the full article here entitled The Educator’s Playbook: A lesson plan for an impeachment inquiry.