Covering current events in the classroom enhances learning across subjects, such as by giving social context to literature and students' lives, writes Lisa Rau Cannon, a teacher in California. She writes that current events should be mandatory for students of all ages and notes that she's careful to provide various viewpoints in classroom debates on topics such as school shootings. "To stay on point, I follow this formula: Familiarity + Context + Devil's Advocacy = Meaningful Discussion," she writes.

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