Navigating Daily

Jon Stewart’s commentary and edgy point of view have helped me to keep my sanity in this seemingly irrational political world we navigate daily. In celebration of his birthday today are a couple clips from his show. The first I used in class while we were studying the Constitution, how a bill becomes a law specifically. (Actually I had to censor the last bit of it.)  The following adaptation of the Schoolhouse Rock version (which the students all recognized) had the kids totally engaged and actually feeling quite smart about what they knew of the intricacies and powers of Congress as detailed in the Constitution. And, best of all, it instigated a lively discussion of our legislative process and its occasional lack of spine and transparency.

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This was on the other night, an amusing reflection of the mercurial fortunes of GOP candidates.

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3 Responses to Navigating Daily

  1. Mrs. Chili says:

    I LOVE Jon Stewart, though I’m less enamored of his sidekicks.

  2. Annie says:

    Love this. Any way you can get kids to understand what is going on in the government and how things get trounced through the process is a plus. I have to wonder if there are some parents who don’t like using Stewart as a teaching tool, but I think he is spot on. Wish my kids were in your class!

  3. virginiaw says:

    We can’t access Jon Stewart here (England–though apparently we can if we have cable, which we do not) and I miss his voice of reason. Even though he bills himself a comedian, he has hit the nail on the head over and over and over again. I admire him (and his writing staff) for that, very much.

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