Do you ever wonder what current news events have to do with you and why it may be important to find out?
Learn to think critically about current events happening around the world by investigating the historical, political, economic, and social factors involved. Big news events rarely happen in isolation, and a “big picture” approach to understanding helps us see how our world is being shaped.
Current Events in Context is recommended for learners ages 13 to 18. During each meeting of Current Events in Context, students will be introduced to a current event topic from several angles. We will consider why news outlets may report on an event from different perspectives. Then, with the help of additional research, videos, and class discussion, we will learn about the history of the situation, and look outward to see what the wider implications may be. This is a class that will work to answer the “so what” about current events, will encourage diving down those rabbit holes gifted kids love, and will support students as they work to make sense of the world they will inherit.
All class meetings will include space for learners to bring their own current event for discussion. Our final class meeting will provide learners with an opportunity to present their own research on a current event, and to demonstrate their analysis of the history and significance of the event.
Sample Course Outline
Current Events in Context is a course that is shaped by newsworthy events. Students are expected to take time each day to read about, or watch reports on, major news stories. While they may use the news outlet of their choice, learners are encouraged to find out the bias behind news sources, and to take in a “balanced diet” of reporting. We will try to take time in each class meeting to class members share news stories that they found most interesting.
Current Events in Context is offered Fall 2019.