By Mark Winegar on Wed, 09/19/2012
"Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army." - Edward Everett
The Sioux Falls School District's mission statement reads, "To educate and prepare each student to succeed in a changing world". It is a worthy mission but it begs the question, "What do students need today to be successful tomorrow?". Certainly an awareness of current affairs is part of the recipe.
Students ought to be reading the news. And they ought to read from several legitimate news sources. Fortunately, there are several free news readers available at the Apple iTunes App Store for both the iPad and iPhone. My news folder includes ABC, BBC, CBS, CNN, Huffington Post, Meet the Press, NBC, NPR, and USA Today.
My favorite source is NPR News because their reports provide a bit more depth than the others. However, I often turn to BBC News for a different perspective. I also enjoy reading the Education and College sections of the Huffington Post.
We can load these apps on student iPads but that is merely the beginning. We need to infuse current affairs into the curriculum. We need to discuss the news as it relates to our subjects. And we need to teach students to critically read the news. The best way to do that is to make current affairs the topic of writing and speaking assignments.
Remember our job is to prepare our pupils to "succeed in a changing world".
Sent from my iPad