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ERIC Number: ED307192
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Oct-5
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Future for Civic Education.
Nelson, Michael
Teaching students how to be intelligent newspaper readers and television watchers is one of the most useful and interesting ways to help them bridge their current and future lives and to understand the role of the news media in a democratic society. Understanding of the media is a prerequisite to effective citizen participation in politics and government. A basic knowledge of the institutions and processes of the U.S. political system provides a framework for an appreciation of the role of the news media. News events should not be taught in the abstract; but instead should be connected to students' daily lives. Civic education teachers should help students recognize limitations of the media in regard to the scope and depth of news coverage. This is best taught by using actual media materials in the classroom. An examination of the "NBC Nightly News" and the "USA Today" newspaper for the week of August 29-September 2, 1988, revealed eight themes that could be of interest to civic educators: (1) the political aspects of nonpolitical news; (2) the presence of politics and government in the daily life of the United States citizen; (3) politics and schools; (4) citizen participation in politics; (5) the agencies of governmental bureaucracy; (6) the courts as policy makers; (7) international news coverage; and (8) polls and other statistical data. Relevant examples of media coverage are given for each theme. Two examples of statistics from "USA Today" are provided. (PPB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on the Future of Civic Education (Washington, DC, October 5-7, 1988). Figures may not reproduce clearly. For related documents, see ED 302 474, SO 019 886-887, and SO 019 896-898.