Michelle Blanchet on Preventing Polarization

Key Points

  • We’re missing the soul of civics.

  • We need to actually engage in “what could be?”

This episode of the Getting Smart Podcast is supported by the JFF Horizons Summit. Find out more at horizons.jff.org

On this episode of the Getting Smart Podcast, Tom Vander Ark is joined by Michelle Blanchet, Founder & Director of the Educator’s Lab and author of Preventing Polarization: 50 Strategies for Teaching Kids About Empathy, Politics, and Civic Responsibility co-authored by Brian Deters.

Michelle is also serving as a Senior Fellow for our New Pathways campaign as she helps us to highlight and share stories around keeping sustainability and citizenship at the core of pathways. 

Are we tolerant of the questions that students are asking?

Michelle Blanchet


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