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How to Defuse a Classroom Conflict: Make It More Complex

The Chronicle of Higher Education, Caroline Mehl, Jonathan Haidt, PhD|November 29, 2022

Debates on college campuses today seem to turn ugly so fast. Students, professors, and administrators use phrases like “walking on eggshells” to convey their fear of saying something that might get them in trouble — or of speaking up at all. But there’s a powerful way to reduce fear and get people talking in a constructive way: Increase the complexity.


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