Students have cried in Tim Rierden’s social studies class at Wood River High School in Hailey, Idaho, scared that their parents might be deported under President Donald Trump. Some of their classmates’ parents probably voted for Trump, like 31 percent of voters in red Idaho’s Democratic-leaning Blaine County.

How is Rierden supposed to lead political discussion in such an emotional and rapidly shifting, partisan world? Rierden has the kids jump on their school-provided Chromebooks. He...


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