By Mark Winegar on Thu, 09/13/2012
"The object of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives." ~ Robert Maynard Hutchings
The quality of a democracy depends on an informed citizenry. I'm sure someone more significant than I said that but I'm saying it now. And having said it I'll add news media as the primary means of informing the people of national and world events. It is therefore imperative for students to become wise consumers of the news. NBC recognizes this and responds by offering a host of free new apps for mobiles devices.
During this election I find NBC Politics essential reading. It is a marvelous resource for your high school civics class and ought to be required reading in any political science course. Any course dealing with current affairs would also benefit from frequent reading.
News is news. None of it is purely objective and we may never see the likes of Edward R. Murrow again. That said, NBC is as "fair and balanced" as any news agency as far better than some. It's reports provide a good motivator for thoughtful discussion.
"The aim of education should be to teach us rather how to think, than what to think - rather to improve our minds, so as to enable us to think for ourselves, than to load the memory with thoughts of other men." ~ Bill Beattie
You will find NBC Politics at the iTunes App Store. The products description reads, "The NBC Politics App delivers the power of NBC News' political reporting right to your fingertips - anytime, anywhere. NBC News' trusted political experts cover every angle of the political landscape to give you the latest news and best insights and analysis from Capitol Hill and the White House to the campaign trail."
It is free and only consumes 5.4 MB of memory.
During this time of diverse political interests and volatile international affairs it is more important than ever for educators and students to be informed and engage in thoughtful discussion.
Everyone can benefit from this app. Learning is lifelong!