Yes, Educators Should Talk About January 6th With Students

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Jennifer Osborne
Educate.

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On the heels of Critical Race Theory, which is still being debated across the country, comes a discussion of how to address the January 6th insurrection with students. MPR News writes Teachers at culture-war front lines with Jan. 6 education”.

I am not sure when we decided that we needed to “frame” discussions a certain way for students, but the reality is that we are in the business of educating students. This means that if an event happens, then it needs to be discussed. Ignoring the photos, videos, and stories from January 6th does nothing for our student citizens, who will soon participate in the democratic process themselves.

It is vital that educators speak of what is and not what people think should be. January 6th happened. It was real. It was an attack on the democratic process with citizens attempting to stop the electoral process by rampaging through the Capitol building. People were injured and/or killed. These are facts. Avoiding these facts does nothing for our future, and simply inhibits the conversations that need to take place to understand why this…

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Jennifer Osborne
Educate.

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