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Benjamin Barbour

High School History and Government Teacher

I am a 10th and 11th grade history and government teacher in Fairview, Pennsylvania. I taught middle school English for two years, and I served as a high school librarian for three years. I hold a BA in political science from Boston University, an MA in library science from the University of Pittsburgh, and a MS in secondary education from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania.

I’m interested in civics education and the way in which we teach our students to become engaged and active citizens, particularly in our highly polarized political environment.

Posts

  • Diversity

    Sharing Immigrant Experiences in the Classroom

    Exploring the perspectives of immigrants with students helps them better understand the meaning of citizenship in a democracy.
  • Media Literacy

    Guiding Students to Be Open to New Ideas

    Teachers can show students how to seek out and grapple with opinions contrary to their own—key civic actions in a democracy.