Move Me On 135: Not sure where to draw boundaries when handling sensitive issues

Teaching History feature

By HA, published 13th September 2009

This Issue's Problem: Cathy Mompesson is uncertain where to draw the boundaries when teaching sensitive issues.

A recent Year 9 visit to the Imperial War Museum has left Cathy Mompesson confused about the relationship between moral and historical objectives in her teaching. Her placement school visits the museum every year, but her mentor (keen to give her a real experience of planning for learning, rather than just following the itinerary from previous years) had encouraged her to develop a new section of work using the temporary exhibition ‘From War to Windrush'. The evidence of racism that the students found within the exhibition sparked some uncomfortable discussion that Cathy was not at all sure how to handle.

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