Have you been finding it hard to understand how a violent mob barged into the Capitol and disrupted Congress? Imagine trying to explain Wednesday’s events to a class of children or teens.

But when we asked six experts on issues ranging from pediatric bereavement to philosophy, they all agreed that K-12 teachers should delve into this hot topic. “Even with younger students, I don’t believe educators should shy away from the fact that some people violated not just social norms but their professional, political and moral duties,” writes Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, a Tufts University civics scholar. Teachers should also explain why the riot could “threaten the health of our republic,” she writes.

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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the U.S. Capitol. Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images

How should schools teach kids about what happened at the US Capitol on Jan. 6? We asked 6 education experts

David Schonfeld, University of Southern California; Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg, Tufts University; Kyle Greenwalt, Michigan State University; Paula McAvoy, North Carolina State University; Sarah Stitzlein, University of Cincinnati ; Tiffany Mitchell Patterson, West Virginia University

Teachers shouldn't avoid this topic, no matter how uncomfortable it might make them to discuss it with children and teens.


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