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Controversial issues

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Young people frequently face making decisions about a wide range of issues on which there are many different views. Issues like sexuality, religion, bullying, and war can evoke complicated emotions, both in and out of the classroom.

Young people need to develop skills that allow them to discuss and come to their own views about these types of issues. Having a chance to engage with controversial topics in a constructive environment will help young people to develop as global citizens, and teachers have a key role to play in enabling this.

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Teaching Controversial Issues

This guide explores what controversial issues are, why they should be taught, and includes classroom strategies, existing guidance and practical teaching activities.