Constructively Framing Issues

Constructively Framing Issues

By Bob Schwalb
Comprehensive humane education teaches students about some of the world’s most intractable problems. In our lessons, we examine the scope of these problems, discover causes and effects, and search for solutions that will do the most good and least harm (MOGO) for all humans, all animals, and the global environment. The issues we cover are rarely, if ever, black-and-white, and—as you might expect—neither are the solutions.
The way we frame the issues for our students not only affects how they understand the issues, but also influences the type of solutions they will consider to address them. Framing refers to how we present an issue; that is, how we explain it, the elements we include in discussion, and the parameters we set for that discussion.
It can be tempting, as educators, to frame issues we teach in a way that conforms with our own worldview. Accordingly, we …

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