Praise for The Political Classroom

"How can schools prepare students to become knowledgeable and engaged citizens of our democracy? Hess and McAvoy provide a deeply researched and philosophically sophisticated answer to that challenge. In our increasingly polarized time, Hess and McAvoy show how the need for education in deliberation about controversial public issues has never been more urgent. This brilliant book could not be more timely."

– Lawrence Blum
Distinguished Professor of Liberal Arts and Education and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston

"This astute, rigorously researched, original, and timely book describes how teachers can effectively teach civic knowledge and skills in today’s highly polarized times. The vivid and engaging portraits of teachers and schools and the seamless ways in which it blends theory, research, and practice make this book a unique and compelling contribution to the literature on the civic engagement of youth. It is an indispensable reference for educators who want to strengthen democracy and increase the civic literacy and participation of youth."

– James A. Banks, Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies and Founding Director, Center for Multicultural Education, University of Washington, Seattle

"The political classroom uses powerful research to reveal the complexities of engaging students in ‘best practice’ discussions of the controversial political issues they will confront throughout their lives. In doing so, Hess and McAvoy show how important teachers are to fulfilling the promise of democracy in our time."

– Michelle M. Herczog, President, National Council for the Social Studies

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