SET Fall 2020 - Teaching Culturally Sensitive Topics
From Craig Clarkson
Malcolm Foley (Truett Seminary), Laura Hernandez (Law), Sam Perry (Baylor Interdisciplinary Core)
Friday, September 11, 2020
Education aims to foster critical thinking in students, an aim that requires students to examine complex issues. These complex issues can include thorny moral problems, controversial social practices, and culturally sensitive topics: immigration, race relations, and gender equality. Teaching culturally sensitive topics is especially challenging in an era of social upheaval and polarization. Although critical thinking transcends religious commitments, Christian higher education can equip students to approach controversial issues with humility and compassion. This SET will present varied approaches to teaching culturally sensitive topics through historical, rhetorical, and legal perspectives, sparking participants’ imaginations and encouraging exploration of effective ways to teach complex issues in other disciplines.