Confronting conflicts: history teachers’ reactions to spontaneous controversial remarks

Teaching History article

Wansink, Patist, Zuiker, Savenije and Janssenswillen, last updated: 24th June 2019

Sometimes, things don’t go to plan. Current events come into the classroom, especially the history classroom. How should students’ responses to current affairs be dealt with there? How should students’ desire  to voice their opinions be handled if their opinion is unpopular. What if the student is simply wrong? How far can moral relativism be acknowledged, explored and scrutinised in the history classroom, when the topic under discussion is controversial and urgent? 

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