My students need 30 current events magazines so they can know more about their world and perform well on their AP Language Exam.
Students want to know more about what's happening in the world. These become some of the most compelling and significant discussions in class. Knowledge of current events and public policy is also a necessity for the AP Language Exam which my students will be taking in the spring.
My students attend a rural school in Southeast Arkansas.
They have very limited access to print media and therefore limited access to national and world news. Students are particularly deficient in the knowledge of current issues of interest among middle and upper class consumers, such as environmental issues, the local food movement (which appeared on the 2010 AP Lang test), the bank and auto bail-outs, and the current economic recession. Students who come from higher income communities have an automatic advantage when it comes to issues like these--they have, for example, a more immediate knowledge of the context of "locavores." Students from lower-income communities have a knowledge gap and these magazine resources will help to close that gap.
The most immediate impact that these resources will have on students is increased scores on the AP Language test, which will mean greater advantages when applying to college and, if they score well enough to place out of classes, greater ease in paying for college--a huge impact for lower-income students. The lasting impact that these resources will have is a greater knowledge of current events and a greater interest in expanding that knowledge. These students will become more informed and better citizens.
One could imagine the issues of this knowledge gap and testing being an article within a current events magazine.
Right now, the students most effected by this issue are deprived even a part in that conversation. Help them to join this and any other national or global conversation. And help them to perform better on their AP tests while they're at it.
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|S. The New York Times Upfront , Grades 9-12 (min. 10 subscriptions per order) • Scholastic Classroom Magazines||$9.95||30||$298.50|
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