"Looks like we’re almost finished with our assignment, good on us team! The only thing left is to decide is what questions we think the students should have to address."
"Since we want the kids to be interested in the topic, why don’t we ask the students from a scale of 1-5 how they feel about gender neutral bathrooms and trans students in the their schools? It’s really relevant right now and could foster a great discussion.
"With all due respect, I think we should refrain from introducing questions that frame marginalized students’ rights as something that has a valid opposing side. When you present an issue to be debated on regarding the rights of students that may be in your classes, those students are hearing that they aren’t safe in your classroom."
They now see their rights as something that's privy to public appeal, and you’ve effectively shattered any hope of making the classroom a welcoming space for these kids. While it may be an interesting and educational opportunity for more privileged students to share discuss and debate, for the students that it’s impacting it’s a matter of safety.
… I don’t think that’s a strong enough criticism to not ask the question. It’s important that these students have this discussion.