Teachers shouldn't avoid this topic, no matter how uncomfortable it might make them to discuss it with children and teens.
Teachers grappling with how to teach current events at divisive times should emphasize history, study original sources and address polarization.
One reason why the steel magnate spent so much of his fortune building libraries across the nation and abroad is that he saw handing large fortunes to the next generation as a waste of money.
Only about 40-45 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds turned out to vote in the 2012 election. Civic education can improve youth turnout. But civic education itself remains neglected in US schools.