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Teaching ‘Civics, Not Circus’ of US Presidential Race

In 20 years of teaching civics, Javaughn Perkins has never encountered a presidential race quite so fraught with educational hazards as the one now entering its final lap. Among the pitfalls: racial and ethnic slurs, anti-Muslim talk, fat-shaming and name calling. "A lot of the rhetoric, a lot of the ads that are out there tend to be focused in on issues that, as an instructor, I would not consider good for general conversation," says Perkins, in his classroom at the...

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