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Teachers approach Capitol breach with transparency

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(WBNG) -- After the events of Wednesday in Washington D.C., teachers at local schools talked about the issues with their students, allowing for discussion and a presentation of the facts.

For New York's 2020 Teacher of the Year Rachel Murat, the discussion began with showing students the responses of some political leaders from both sides of the aisle.

She then moved forward by allowing students to ask her questions, but says she was honest with them, saying she doesn't have all of the answers.

Murat, who teaches social studies at Maine-Endwell, says it is important to allow for discussions to ensure events like this don't happen again. "If we're going to have people that want to be civically engaged as adults, we're going to need to develop that fostering of asking questions and being curious," she said.

She says it is imperative to present the facts without bias to allow individual conclusions. "We teach kids to be scientists and mathematicians and writers. The only way we're going to teach them to be historians or engaged civic participants is through looking at facts, looking and evaluating the information, and not giving them the answer to how this problem was solved."

Kienan Dixon

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