I’ve been quite bummed as my students near the end of a major research project with students for Project Citizen (which they will display to the public next Tuesday), because I have not been able to have deep conversations with my students about the Kony campaign. It’s the perfect teaching opportunity:
- Students are engaged and curious about the content (I heard about it from a half-dozen students before any major media picked it up),
- The truth about the situation is far more complicated than it seems at first, and
- What appears at first to be a black and white moral issue reveals many shades of gray after further inquiry.
I’m hoping students will still be excited for it in a couple of weeks, especially because the teacher(R)evolution job has put together an incredible wealth of resources to investigate the Kony2012 phenomena in much depth. There’s enough great stuff there for a week’s worth of lessons, as well as to kick-start a great inquiry-based research unit. Check them out and I hope there will be many great, complex conversations in classrooms in the coming weeks.