Matthew Green runs KQED’s News Education Project, a new online resource for educators and the general public to help explain the news. The project lives at kqed.org/lowdown.
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At an International Olympic Committee ceremony held in early February before the start of the Sochi Olympics, IOC President Thomas Bach appealed to nations to leave their political differences at the door. Is it cool to bring political issues to the Olympics? When there are strong tensions between nations or concerns over human rights violations, should those issues be left at the door in the spirit of international unity and competition, or should the Olympics be used as a worldwide stage to express political dissent and call attention to perceived injustices?
Crime rates in the United States have dropped significantly in the last two decades, especially in many urban areas where they are often the highest. Violent crime rates, in particular, have gone way down in many large cities around the country. Is it a result of certain policing strategies, local economic conditions, the availability of community and social services, or other less obvious factors?
The comedian Chris Rock once famously advised, ‘If a friend calls you on the telephone and says they’re lost on Martin Luther King Boulevard and they want to know what they should do, the best response is ‘Run!’” He added: “You know what’s so sad? Martin Luther King stood for non violence. And I don’t care where you are in America, if you’re on Martin Luther King Boulevard, there’s some violence going down.” If Martin Luther King walked through your community today, do you think he’d be satisfied with the way things are?
In 2013, nearly 20 million students in the United States were enrolled in colleges and universities, more than any other time in the country’s history. Compare that to sixty years ago, when higher education enrollment rates were still under 3 million.
When the spotlight shifted from Egypt to Syria earlier this year, it was easy enough for us to assume that, in the absence of daily news coverage, that conditions in Egypt had improved. That, unfortunately, is far from the reality of the situation on the ground: Egypt remains a nation mired in deep-seeded violent conflict.
Unless you’ve been living in a hole for the last couple of weeks, you’ve probably heard by now that George Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. On the night of July 13, after more than 15 hours of deliberation, the six-person all female jury announced its verdict, finding Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Most students entering the workforce will be expected to have media production skills. From Facebook to YouTube, most industries will require job applicants to have at least some basic skill set with online multimedia platforms. In social studies, English language arts, and journalism classrooms, simple media production activities are a dynamic way for students to become fluent in these technical 21st Century skills, while representing their work through creative, innovative projects.