Teaching Sensitivity

By Rachel Gang — July 17, 2008 1 min read
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DC educator Camp Teacherman expresses angst over discussing New York Times’ best seller, The Kite Runner with his high school juniors:

Tonight's reading covers the rape scene in chapter 6, and tomorrow we have a Socratic Seminar covering the book so far. I'm a little worried, as many of these students can be homophobic and might miss the point that Assef wasn't raping Hassan for sexual reasons. For those that haven't done SS before, the idea is that the teacher launches a question and then steps back and lets the class discuss and ask their own questions.

Hopefully Camp Teacherman’s Socratic Seminar won’t bring out the worst in his students.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Blogboard blog.