Teaching Iraq war

18th March 2005 at 00:00
* Give equal weight to opposing views such as "Is the Iraq war a case of blood for oil or getting rid of a dictator and human rights abuser?"

* Try not to give your version of someone else's view of the Iraq war.

Present the view in its original form and let it speak for itself. For example, present copies of speeches by doves and hawks.

* Stress that all opinions are open to interpretation and contradiction and then debate the views held about the war by different parties.

* Do not choose pupils who agree with your views to answer all the time.

Try not to give away your private beliefs through facial expressions.

* Find arguments in thenon-western media about the war and present those.

Go to www.world-newspapers.com

* If the class all fall into one camp, play devil's advocate.

More information on how to teach controversial topics can be found at www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

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