Turning the Day of Rage into a ‘Teachable Moment’ Faces Obstacles


Teachers and professors call this situation “a Teachable Moment,” and one wonders how much they are able to use the moment with distance learning. This sort of moment really calls for personal instruction, interaction between students as well as the instructor. So hard on Zoom.

My guess is most college instructors will capitalize on the moment. I fear it will be a difficult time for those in public schools in those areas where Trump prevails. Putting your comments or advice “on the air” so to speak with virtual learning means this goes into the homes of your students, where backlash is guaranteed.

This is not exactly a Scopes moment. More likely this is a real Teachable Moment wasted due to Covid and also the poisonous nature of our politics.

Floyd McKay
Floyd McKay
Floyd J. McKay, emeritus professor of journalism at Western Washington University, covered Pacific Northwest politics as a reporter and opinion writer for four decades, primarily in Oregon. He was commentator/news analyst at KGW-TV (King Broadcasting) from 1970 to 1987. Previously a print reporter, he returned to print and online reporting and commentary from 2004 to 2017 with the Seattle Times Op-ed page and Crosscut.com. He is the author of Reporting the Oregon Story: How Activists and Visionaries Transformed a State (Oregon State University Press, 2016). He lives in Bellingham.


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