Deliberating in a Democracy Raw Milk

Lesson Duration

by Jennifer Bloom, Claudia Parliament, Alan Withers, and Filiz Yargici

Engage students in a Structured Academic Controversy in this lesson that focuses on developing deliberation skills using the issue of the regulation of raw mild (a critical question concerning food safety). This lesson from the Deliberating in a Democracy Minnesota (DIDMN) project teaches deliberation skills that ensure that conflicting views can be heard, understood, and valued, and students will develop the ability to find solutions to important issues. Lesson includes a student reading on the pros and cons of regulation raw milk which is used by small groups as they increase their understanding of the issue. This is democracy in action!


  • Students will learn the process of deliberation
  • Students will increase understanding of the tensions surrounding food regulation
  • Students will practice skills for democracy

Time to Complete

One class period

Materials needed


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This lesson was prepared for the Minnesota Center for Social Studies Education's 2010 Summer Institute. Deliberating in a Democracy Minnesota is supported in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment.


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