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readandweep 01-18-2021 09:32 AM

News2You Inauguration story
I use the story every week for my guided reading and math.

This week’s story seems ok, but is anyone else thinking of not using it?

Haley23 01-18-2021 06:57 PM

I don't use the site, but we were advised not to talk about the inauguration this year with students. The district put out a statement saying it should only be discussed if it's directly related to your content area, and my P said she'd prefer we not discuss it with students, but if we do, we need to run our plans by her first. Such a sad state of affairs we are in. Basically the district doesn't want to deal with any parent complaints for perceived "bias."

Youthcantknow 01-19-2021 04:23 AM

What's the concern?
I don't have a subscription to that site, so I'm curious what's in the story that you're not thrilled about.

readandweep 01-19-2021 06:52 AM

The story itself was very bare bones - just basic facts like what, when, where and terms.

I was worried just the topic would be a sensitive one for students and families.

But so far the only questions I have gotten have been does this mean we get another day off? :)

Youthcantknow 01-19-2021 09:40 AM

Bare bones likely means they were afraid and overly cautious - what a statement about our country today.
My school seems to be very different from many others. We are encouraged to bring up recent events and talk through them, even if it means not getting to the day's planned lesson. I'm betting the majority of us intend to cover the inauguration with our classes tomorrow. We spend a fair amount of time discussing current events and how to address them with students when we are in meetings. I think the makeup of the community plays a big part in that. I suspect that living in a very red state or area would lead schools to be more cautious, and a company selling stories nationwide likely prefers bland to anything that might cost them customers.

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