By Betsy Burrows
Everyday Education 

Classroom And Dinner Tables: Creating Safe Places To Teach Civil Discourse


As parents and teachers, we are educating young people who are growing up struggling to balance media’s amazing ability to connect, inform, and motivate individuals with this same media’s proclivity for distraction/entertainment. Using television, radio, and social media in a way that is constructive requires opportunities for our young people to step away from these mediums to order to first learn skills of debate, discussion, respect, and open-mindedness. Two places where parents, teachers and mentors can teach and model the civil dialogue needed to keep democracy healthy is at our f...

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