Picking a President

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This Monday is the last day to register to vote in California.  I repeat, it is the LAST day to register to vote!  If you are 18 or over, living in California, and still haven’t registered to vote please click THIS LINK! Honestly, I don’t mind you leaving my blog for a little voter registration.  I am sure you will return.  😀

Speaking of the Presidential election, last week while I was attending the ILC Conference San Jose I missed one of my favorite shows – FRONTLINE.  This past week’s episode, The Choice 2008, does a great job sharing both John McCain and Barack Obama’s biographies in a balanced, unbiased manner.  Fortunately, Kelly caught the show with our DVR and I was able to watch it when I got home.  If you missed The Choice 2008 you can view it on the PBS YouTube channel or on iTunes.  This program should be mandatory viewing for all middle and high school students.  Have you realized that the students currently sitting in our 8th-12th grade classrooms will more than likely be re-electing in 2012 the candidate we choose for President this year? Shouldn’t we be taking the time to inform them about the two men who will be our next President?

On the same note, Common Craft, usually known for producing videos that explain technical concepts including blogs and RSS, has created a video called Electing a US President in Plain English. Between a popular vote and an electoral college electing a President can be just as bewildering as setting up a wiki, so give their video a watch.  They also have a behind the scenes site that’s quite interesting for the “How did they do that?” nerd in all of us.

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So, go watch some videos and share them with your students.  Between the economy, the War in Iraq, energy independence, global warming, and geopolitical instabilities this election will probably be the most important in any of our lifetimes.  While the content probably won’t show up on any CST or other high-stakes, state-mandated test its…oh…a tad bit more important!

Joe

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