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With pace of news, teachable moments strain teachability for Upper Valley educators

With pace of news, teachable moments strain teachability for Upper Valley educators
ORFORD — Like most history and civics teachers, Kirsten Surprenant talks with her classes at Rivendell Academy about current events.For most of her teaching career, which began at Orford High School in 1994, it was relatively easy to pick out the two...

“You can’t be passive about it,” said Bill Murphy, who’s taught history at Hanover High School since 1961.“I would like more of an interaction with the news and what is important to them,” Murphy said.) Part of the chaos of the news cycle, Murphy said, is attributable to the president, who has a gift for steering news coverage, particularly TV news.“He is the master,” said Murphy, who lives in Lyme and ran against Trump in the New Hampshire Republican primary this year, mainly as a way to show his students how to get involved.

“I don’t have a lot good to say about Trump,” Murphy said, “but he is one of the greats at manipulating the media.By ALEX HANSON Valley News Staff Writer Published: 10/10/2020 9:44:49 PM Modified: 10/10/2020 9:44:41 PM ORFORD — Like most history and civics teachers, Kirsten Surprenant talks with her classes at Rivendell Academy about current events.

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