Educators are urged to discuss tough social issues in the classroom

Teachers should give students the opportunity to discuss difficult topics, even if they are controversial, such as the Trayvon Martin case, writes David Knight, a special-education teacher in Boston. In this commentary, Knight applauds a decision by the San Diego school board to promote student discussion on the Martin case, writing that he believes open dialogue promotes democracy and strengthens students' empathy for others and their experiences.

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