Like many parents who work in the education field, I noticed gaps in the curricula my children were studying in school. Specifically, critical thinking. Fortunately, an election year offers the perfect time to teach (and learn) the fundamentals.
My political viewpoints are never front and center in my classroom. I am more interested in hearing what the students think and especially, in how well they express those opinions, both verbally and in writing.
We wonder why interest in politics or issues of our times don't seem to register with young people. For high school students, just stop and put yourself in their shoes and now consider how to make sense of the prime-time speeches.
But as a political communication scholar, I know that many students look to faculty like me to make sense of a complex and often contradictory political world. But how do we make sure that politics don't enter the conversation about, well, politics?