Ferguson firefighter surveys the damage at a strip mall that was set on fire after a grand jury declined to indict the Officer Darren Wilson for shooting Michael Brown
Teachers are using #FergusonSyllabus to share ideas for how to discuss the shooting of Michael Brown and the Ferguson protests, reports PBS NewsHour.
Marcia Chatelain, a history professor at Georgetown, started the Twitter tag. Teachers in all subjects are planning lessons, she says. “Some science teachers talked about tear gas and the health impacts of using tear gas on citizens. . . . I heard from music teachers who said, we’re going to spend time looking at the elements of protest music and protest songs for different movements.”
Liz Collins, who teaches English at a Washington, D.C. charter school, is “focusing primarily on text, on media, on facts and interpretation and how can we discuss these things and determine what the truth is, whatever the truth — if that’s possible to determine, and the different perspectives. How do the protesters feel? How do the police feel?”