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.
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
Apparently the election is over and the results are in.
The Scholastic Student Vote started earlier this fall and ended this week. President Obama finished with 51%, Governor Romney finished with 45%, and 4% of the kids voted for another candidate. The Vote may not be official, but its results have often indicated who eventually wins the presidential race. Scholastic has conducted the student mock vote during every presidential election since 1940 and the results have mirrored the actual outcome of all but two elections—1948, when kids voted for Thomas E. Dewey over Harry S. Truman, and 1960, when they selected Richard M. Nixon over John F. Kennedy.
I’ll post more election goodies next week but thought I would start with some voting information so that you can get you own mock election started. Read more
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