Friday, June 04, 2004

More media-proposed lesson plans 

Best of the Web Today (fifth item) is encouraging "critical thinking" in a lesson plan written by CNN on Bush's commencement speech to the Air Force Academy. It begins,
During a commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy, President Bush compared the War on Terror to World War II and cast the Middle East as a critical front akin to wartime Europe. Define the term "rhetoric," and discuss how words can be used as "weapons" and to sway political opinion. Then, examine the choice of words used by President Bush in his speeches pertaining to Iraq and the War on Terror.
It encourages students to refer to CNN's coverage in order to "discuss how Bush is using words as weapons and what he hopes will be gained by his rhetoric." Wouldn't you think they'd have kids read the actual speech?

And they tell you this is how they would help meet a National Social Science standard on "global connections."