We have developed an activity that involves role-play to understand the social norms and conflicts surrounding the opioid crisis. Recently declared a “nationwide public health emergency,” the opioid crisis is a […]
Group 1 Comments:
We think this is a good way to teach perspective-taking and the different group interests in the opioid crisis. In conducting this role play, we wonder if it would become explicit that certain groups would have overlapping interests in the debate. What background readings do students complete? We noticed that your image had polls from different political groups; is this represented in the debate as well?
The topic may be very controversial as there may be students in the classroom with direct experience with opioids. The instructor has to be prepared to have an informing discussion with the students even when they are defending a particular substance. Otherwise, the discussion may backfire very quickly, or some students may feel threatened.