Current Event Civics Classes Online
Practical Learning Online Course Offering
Summer and Fall of 2017
Pract The Facts™
Critical Analysis of Current Event Civics Activities in Today’s Media
A supplemental civics course in critical thinking and fact checking for 10th grade and above.
“Young people who recalled experiencing more high-quality civic education practices in schools were more likely to vote, to form political opinions, to know campaign issues, and to know general facts about the US political system,” said Peter Levine, director of CIRCLE. (THE CENTER FOR INFORMATION & RESEARCH ON CIVIC LEARNING AND ENGAGEMENT)
The course is designed to teach students how to critically seek out, analyze, and fact check information related to current event civic issues in the media. By taking this class it is hoped the student will develop the skills to determine the validity and accuracy of the information they get from the media on civic related issues. Using articles and quotes from a variety of sources the student will discover how things such as omission, fake news, brand awareness, and point of view can affect how information is delivered via print, television, and social media. Subjects covered in the course include issues both locally and nationally with respect to race, politics, education, health care and more. The students will be evaluated using essay writing, classroom participation, discussion questions and math problems. It is also hoped that they will develop the ability to determine how they will react to the issue with respect to their life objectives and their community.
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“Teaching civics is only partly the job of the schools. Other providers of such teaching—newspapers, unions, membership organizations and community groups— aren’t taking up the slack. People are sorting themselves into more politically and ideologically homogenous communities than they used to, he says. And the gap between the haves and the have-nots when it comes to opportunities for civic engagement is bad and getting worse.” (From Flunking Civics: Why America's Kids Know So Little)
Each chapter of the book includes the following assignments:
1 to 10 students
Students will be evaluated on the following:
What are the qualifications of our staff?
Currently our staff consists of instructors from the college level. Our instructors have taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level and have advanced degrees. They have years of experience with teaching online classes using the E-college and Blackboard platform.
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