Informed, open-minded discussions about the news
To have a high-quality conversation about current affairs, students need knowledge of the issue they're discussing as well as critical-thinking and communication skills: speaking, listening, problem-solving and creativity.
Topical Talk aims to do this in the following ways, and teachers can follow these principles in their classrooms too.
- Provide expert information: high-quality journalism, data and topic experts
- Encourage creativity and problem-solving: philosophical questions and hard choices call for good ideas and strong reasoning
- Encourage effective speaking and listening: teachers act as discussion-facilitators, not lecturers
- Expose young people to different perspectives: different arguments and voices presented
Importantly, these kinds of conversation need practise: a topical hour each week.
The resources below are helpful whether your students are new to these kinds of conversations or practise them regularly.