An extreme fan or follower of a particular medium or concept, whether it be sports, television, film directors, video games, etc.
Yes. That’s me. I follow politics. I’m an extreme fan of elections and love talking strategy, candidates, and poll numbers – and just about anything else that connects somehow with the process. I’m an election fanboy.
So I’m probably one of a very small group of election geeks who cares much about yesterday’s presidential election.
I was up late last night. Well . . . it was really early this morning. If you haven’t grasped this already, I’m an election nerd. I love the data crunching, the strategy, the pundits, the conversations about policy . . . heck, I even love the ads. (Granted, I live in Kansas. Not exactly a swing state so anytime we actually get a political ad, it’s a big deal.)
So I was up late / early. My wife and daughter spent much of the time with me watching the results come in and listening to pundit reactions. But neither made it to Governor Romney’s or President Obama’s speeches.
Lightweights. Read more
It may be one of the most important things we do as social studies teachers. But it seems as if it’s often one of the first things pushed to the side in our frantic attempt to “cover” all of our content.
It is what we do when we teach our kids to distinquish between fact and opinion, to recognize bias, to identify propaganda and misleading statements – providing the opportunity for our kids to develop strong media literacy skills. These are skills that we should not teach in isolation as simply part of some lesson plan in the back of our supplementary materials. These are skills that prepare your kids to be democrats.
We need more democrats. And I’m not talking Democrats as in the opposite of Republicans. Read more
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