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Politics in the Classroom?


by Tammy L. Lewis — February 15, 2005

On November 3rd, 2004, the students in my Introduction to Sociology classes greeted me with sad faces. I teach in a Blue State. What could I say? Is it possible to keep politics out of the classroom, especially in election years? Should we keep it out? To both questions the answer must be no. Politics are already in the classroom - on November 3rd, on my students’ frowns. The question is how we should address politics in the classroom.


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: February 15, 2005
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11754, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 3:19:13 PM

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  • Tammy Lewis
    Muhlenberg College
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    TAMMY LEWIS is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Muhlenberg College. Her teaching and research interests include environmental sociology, social movements, service learning and research methodology. She is a co-author of the book, Environment, Energy, and Society. Currently, she is working on a project that examines coalitions between environmental activists and labor unions.
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