How U.S. Teachers are Discussing January 6th
January 5, 2022
Cited article by Cory Turner, NPR
HRRC expresses support for seeking truth, justice, and accountability for what happened on January 6, 2021 in the U.S. As the January 6th committee continues conducting its investigation, it is important that organizations like us continue to emphasize all efforts to keep accurate accounts of the events that took place. Misinformation and disinformation can be dangerous, and teaching students media literacy is essential.
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the January 6 Insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. While discussing the events last year were difficult, teachers say this year they face new challenges and difficulties due to the significant political divides and misinformation that leave many without basic facts of what occurred that day. Through conversations with teachers, educators, and civics experts, NPR provides 8 primary methods that teachers are discussing the Insurrection with their students.
Don't assume students know what happened
Create a safe space for debate
Teach students how to find the facts
Helping students develop news literacy is a top concern
But beware of creating a false equivalence between two sides of a debate
Teach students to pay attention to the words used to describe an event
People make choices and choices make history
Look for parallels in American history