Monthly Archives: August 2013

Questions about Syria lead to civic engagement

My previous post, Military force in Syria, ended with a series of questions I would pose to students trying to understand what’s going on in Syria. It’s crucial that students take time to think about big issues facing our world … Continue reading

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MLK — More than a dreamer

Fifty years ago today, a group of about 250,000 people attended the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, an all-day event that culminated with the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering one of the iconic speeches in US history — the “I … Continue reading

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Military force in Syria

As President Obama likely prepares to order an attack on Syria in the next week or less, it seems like a good time to think about the US military and when the use of force is justified. Here’s the result … Continue reading

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Learning from the News

Monday’s New York Times leads with an article titled Egypt Military Enlists Religion to Quell Ranks. This is an article worth reading, and it would be a great article to discuss and unpack with middle school students. The article looks at … Continue reading

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Egyptian Velcro

Here’s a short four-paragraph article from Wednesday’s Washington Post — let’s look at it paragraph by paragraph — my thoughts are in italics after each paragraph: Egyptian court orders Mubarak released from prison By Abigail Hauslohner, Wednesday, August 21, 9:37 AM  1) CAIRO—Egypt’s former autocrat, Hosni … Continue reading

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Egypt’s Geography

Here’s a 4-minute video that shows where places such as Tahrir Square and the Rabaa al-Adawiya Mosque and Cairo University are located. This is a link to the 10-minute TED Talk by Wael Ghonim that I mention in the video. … Continue reading

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Make time for Egypt

Thoughtful young people want to understand what’s going on in Egypt right now — but it feels like there’s no time to help them during a traditional school curriculum. A basic understanding of what’s going on in Egypt would require … Continue reading

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