Teachers help students make sense of violence at US Capitol

Conor Murphy, a teacher at West Genesee High School, in Camillus, N.Y., conducts his "Participation in Government" class, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. Many teachers say they are treading cautiously in light of varied political viewpoints in their classrooms and communities. But they universally describe efforts to hear out students’ fears and concerns. (Photo by A. Thomson via AP)

A teacher in Alabama presented photographs of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol without commentary and asked students to write poems in reflection. A Minnesota instructor fielded comparisons to the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing. And a civics educator in Connecticut urged her rattled students to work toward making the country better.