Educators in More Than 10,000 Schools Use ProCon.org to Combat Fake News and Stoke Critical Thinking
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Source: John Burroughs High School (Burbank, CA) Junior State club with ProCon.org CEO Kamy Akhavan, Oct. 26, 2017
From Alaska to Wyoming and from Argentina to Yemen, educators in more than 10,000 schools in all 50 states and 90 countries have used the free resources at ProCon.org in their classrooms, libraries, and other instructional materials. With so much fake news, information overload, and hyper-partisanship in the world today, the pro, con, and related research at ProCon.org is methodologically designed to stimulate education, critical thinking, and informed citizenship. The organization's motto is "Understand the Issues. Understand Each Other."
ProCon.org CEO Kamy Akhavan said, "We encourage teachers to talk about today's important issues with their students, rather than avoid those discussions. Conversations about gun control, death penalty, immigration, and other controversial topics can be productive, balanced, and enlightening when people use ProCon.org. Empowering future generations with the ability to understand opposing views, disagree respectfully, and have informed opinions is why ProCon.org remains a vital resource for millions of people. We are thrilled to serve educators in more than 10,000 schools."
Students in middle schools, high schools, and colleges comprise more than 40% of the 25 million annual users at ProCon.org. According to a 2017 survey of educators who use ProCon.org, 99.6% said using ProCon.org improved their students' critical thinking skills; 99.8% said their students found ProCon.org useful; and 100% said they would recommend ProCon.org to other teachers and librarians.
ProCon.org's educational resources remain free of charge, nonpartisan, and include:
LESSON PLAN IDEAS - Designed to teach specific skills and content, these 30+ lesson plan ideas range from grades 5 to 12. Plans include "Project Citizen: Transforming Research into Action" in which students translate their research into a community project and a discussion guide for the award-winning documentary Best of Enemies, which leads students to consider and discuss important questions about political conventions, pundits, television debate, and where our nation's political discourse may have gotten its often nasty tone.
ADVANCED PLACEMENT TEACHER RESOURCES – Built to give AP teachers a list of ProCon.org resources that are easily fitted into the AP curricula, these guides for 24 AP courses can also easily translate to other curricula.
CRITICAL THINKING SEMINAR - This short highlight reel from a 90-minute seminar demonstrates that opinions can shift and respectful dialogue can take place when structured conversations around controversial issues are carefully coordinated. Teachers may show their students the transformation or translate the seminar into their own classrooms.
CRITICAL THINKING QUOTES – A showcase of 70+ powerful quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. to Coco Chanel and from Anne Frank to Bob Marley – all revolving around the topic of critical thinking.
For more information about teacher resources at ProCon.org, visit https://www.procon.org/education.php