ABSTRACT

The conclusion summarizes the book’s salient points—that American society is stymied by both ideological and affective polarization but that we tend to overestimate that polarization, leaving room for hope that it can be mended. The conclusion discusses the challenge of the Trump presidency for educators and asserts that, if we teachers do not lean into the discomfort of polarization, our students will miss out on important learning opportunities. The chapter asserts that understanding, rather than “balance,” should be our pedagogical goal, and constructivism is evoked to explain why depolarization efforts should begin with elementary school students. The book concludes by observing that we educators must find the courage to help our students depolarize.