What if you give students topics to wrestle with that are currently hot topics in the news? What if you gave them space and time to research these topics from various angles? What if you as a teacher did not answer every question for them but allow their questions to lead them to further investigations? Where would they take their learning?
The hope is giving students time and freedom to work on a "hot" topic will lead them to see all sides of the story and a possible call to action. My students have studied the events that happen as a result Ottoman Empire killing and exiling Armenian people during the late 1800 and 1915 - 1922. This research lead to some very heated debates. So the idea is that students can develop strong arguments and greater understanding if the topic sparks curiosity.