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Century Marks

Beyond bombast: Mel Seesholtz and Bryan Polk couldn’t be more different in their perspectives, yet they team-teach a course in religion at the Abing ton campus of Penn State University. One goal of the course is to demonstrate that it’s possible for people with sharply different points of view to have a civil conversation. The two engage in unscripted discussions on topics suggested by students, ranging from the big bang theory to the “under God” phrase in the Pledge of Allegiance. They bring in guest speakers of varied perspectives, including a young earth creationist and a secular humanist. The students affirm the value of getting at least two perspectives on every issue, and their level of engagement indicates that they are learning from the dialogical method (Chronicle of Higher Education, October 25).

 

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