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ERIC Number: EJ783741
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan-23
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Campaign Drama, Classroom Lessons
Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy
Education Week, v27 n20 p1, 14-15 Jan 2008
The hoopla surrounding the New Hampshire presidential primaries earlier this month stirred some students at Timberlane High School to watch the candidates' debates, read news coverage, attend rallies, and even volunteer in local campaign offices. That interest, in turn, stimulated discussions in Bob Dawson's government classes at the school, located in Plaistow, near the state's southeast border, and gave weight to lessons about democratic principles and the electoral process. Even as he's felt pressed to cover the required course content in his limited class time, the veteran teacher has been dedicating time and activities to the 2008 election since the fall. He wants to spark students' interest and bring relevance to the process and the issues. Civic education advocates and curriculum experts say the attention given the presidential campaign season provides a prime opportunity to explain the importance of elections and the discourse they trigger, and students around the country, are participating on various levels in educational and political activities related to the 2008 presidential election.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Hampshire; North Carolina