More than half of students from low‑income households
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Rigor and Relevance with Current Events!
My students need 15 New York Times Upfront subscriptions to view current events that are relevant to their lives and encourages them to learn about the world, outside of their small town.
Do you remember how your parents discussed world events at the dinner table? For many of my students this is not a daily activity. Many of them do not watch nightly news or read a newspaper. Studying world history is a boring task, without relevance to their lives.
My students go to a public school, in rural Georgia.
Most come from below poverty level income households and with single parents. My students are hard working and have a strong desire to learn about the world. They ask questions and try to connect past events with current events, and seek relevance to their lives. They have tried using the Internet for world news, but the writers do not gear their stories to a teenage audience, which my students need. They have expressed a desire to read and learn more, but wish for a teen friendly avenue. My students want to know about world issues, issues here in our own country, as well as being able to make connections to their lives.
Upfront magazine, published by Scholastic, provides high school level students with a personal look at world problems, encourages discussions about issues, and offers opportunities to become involved in problem solving. Students in high poverty areas need access to current events that are relevant to their lives, so that they can compete in our growing global community. This student publication offers opportunities for my students to improve upon their critical thinking and problem solving skills. The magazine supplies current topics that will allow my students to become more familiar with world events and the political arena of the United States. This publication will connect my students to the rest of the world through reading, critical thinking, and problem solving.
I cannot express in words how this magazine will open the world to my students!
Not only will they learn about current events, but they will learn more about their own Nation's problems and issues. For many of my students reading and working through this magazine will be their only source of news events. How can they understand the history of the world without knowing what is currently happening and it's impact on their lives?
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