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As polarizing forces threaten campus conversations, this guide can help you learn to better support productive debates and civic engagement at your institution. Â
The concept is complicated, but you wouldnâ€™t know that by walking around college campuses.
What happened at the University of Chicago shows how much campus debates over thorny political issues can escalate in 2019.
I used to say, "this is my opinion; you may differ." No more.
They have created courses to teach students how to think critically about divisive topics, examine their own biases, and better understand why some people think differently than they do.
They are less likely to tolerate some hateful viewpoints than previous generations. But that doesnâ€™t mean theyâ€™ve completely abandoned free-speech principles.
Itâ€™s pretending to be politically neutral that hurts teaching and learning.
Colleges can do more to guide students toward productive forms of political engagement.
Beyond identity politics, cultural and educational immersion and solidarity draw students to residences geared toward ethnic, sexual, religious, and other minority groups.
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