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Letters to the Next President 2.0 Supports Election Engagement

Publication: Education World
Date: July 12, 2016

Summary: Letters to the Next President 2.0, from the National Writing Project, offers teachers a way to safely bring the presidential election into the classroom, supporting youth in voicing their opinions on the issues that matter to them.

 

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While the volatile nature of the current political climate has made it hard for some teachers to discuss the election in the classroom (40 percent of teachers surveyed in April said they were hesitant to teach students about the election at all), L2P 2.0 provides a safe and fully supported platform for students to formulate and share their opinions about election issues.

Intended for students ages 13-18, teacher and National Writing Project employee Christina Cantrill said in a post on The Teaching Channel that L2P 2.0 allows educators to 'create supportive contexts where youth can engage across their differences and discuss a diversity of topics together, bridging both traditional ideological divides as well as opening up their own thinking."

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