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Classrooms have been a key battleground in the so-called Awakened Wars for years. But could the debate over how schools teach about history, race, gender and sexuality come to an end?

This week, on “Question of Opinion,” the hosts examine signs that these issues no longer divide us, wonder if we’ve reached “peak awakening,” and disagree on whether it is even worth fighting for revival.

(A full transcript of the episode will be available at noon on the Times website.)

Mentioned in this episode:

  • “Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Shattering of the American Consensus”, by Rick Perlstein

  • Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales Series, by Nathan Hale

  • The Adventures of Tintin comic book series by Hergé

  • The American Bicentennial Series, by John Jakes

  • “America’s Soul: The Battle for Our Best Angels”, by Jon Meacham

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Follow our hosts on Twitter: Michelle Cottle (@mcottle), Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT), Carlos Lozada (@CarlosNYT) and Lydia Polgreen (@lpolgreen).

“Matter of Opinion” was produced this week by Sophia Alvarez Boyd, Phoebe Lett and Derek Arthur. It was edited by Stéphanie Joyce and Annie-Rose Strasser. Mixing by Sonia Herrero and Pat McCusker. Original music by Isaac Jones, Pat McCusker, Carole Sabouraud and Efim Shapiro. Our fact-checking team consists of Kate Sinclair, Mary Marge Locker and Michelle Harris. Audience Strategy by Shannon Busta and Kristina Samulewski. Our executive producer is Annie-Rose Strasser.