"Reacting to the Past" began as one professorâs experiment to enliven a dull class. Now itâs at 500 colleges and counting.
As polarizing forces threaten campus conversations, this guide can help you learn to better support productive debates and civic engagement at your institution. Â
Among students, liberals do outnumber conservatives. But a large share are moderates, and different types of institutions see different proportions of students claiming one of five political identities.
Outside of the most highly publicized campus-culture clashes, students and professors are more open-minded than critics give them credit for.
Beyond identity politics, cultural and educational immersion and solidarity draw students to residences geared toward ethnic, sexual, religious, and other minority groups.
Colleges can do more to guide students toward productive forms of political engagement.
Itâs pretending to be politically neutral that hurts teaching and learning.
They are less likely to tolerate some hateful viewpoints than previous generations. But that doesnât mean theyâve completely abandoned free-speech principles.
They have created courses to teach students how to think critically about divisive topics, examine their own biases, and better understand why some people think differently than they do.