December 2017/January 2018 – Table of Contents

PHI DELTA KAPPAN • December 2017/January 2018 • Vol. 99, No. 4

Civility and controversy

8              The controversy over controversial issues — Jonathan Zimmerman and Emily Robertson

15             Using controversy as a teaching tool: An interview with Diana Hess — Joan Richardson

21             The complicated pursuit of democratic teaching — Brian Gibbs

26             Preparing teachers in a divided society: Lessons from Northern Ireland — Judith L. Pace

33             Truth matters: Teaching young students to search for the most reasonable answer — Alina Reznitskaya and Ian A.G. Wilkinson

39             Politicizing pedagogy: Teaching for liberty and justice at urban schools — Suneal Kolluri

45             Controversial issues in the science classroom — David C. Owens, Troy D. Sadler, and Dana L. Zeidler

50             From partisanship to pluralism: Teaching students how to listen to each other — Daniel Sussman


54            Can schools meet the promise of continuous improvement? — Mark A. Elgart

60            There’s a consultant for that: When school districts are doing too much but can’t help themselves — John J. Hall

66           Top 10 reasons students plagiarize & what teachers can do about it (with apologies to David Letterman) — Michelle Navarre Cleary



4               THE EDITOR’S PAGE: When the president is a liar — Joan Richardson

6               HIGHLIGHTED & UNDERLINED: A notebook of short but worthy items

72             LEADERSHIP: Teacher professionalism from the superintendent’s perspective — Joshua P. Starr

74             WASHINGTON VIEW: Stand up for good research — Maria Ferguson

76             UNDER THE LAW: School districts control teachers’ classroom speech  — Julie Underwood

79             PDK CONNECTION: Organizational news about PDK International

80            BACKTALK: A lesson in civility — Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Carola Suárez-Orozco, and Adam Strom