When I think about it, I can’t exactly pinpoint where my desire to follow the news originated. I delivered papers as a young kid in the early 80s, but I don’t know if that experience is the independent or dependent variable here. My memory is a bit fuzzy. It has been 35 years. Whatever the root explanation, I feel that my students can benefit from reading, listening to, and watching the stories that are swirling all around us. In 2015, I started a feature in my classes called “Get Yourself Plugged In” that some appreciate and dare I say look forward to. Each week, I post stories about a variety of social and political issues on my Twitter feed. Then, on Fridays, I re-post up to two dozen of them in the learning management system newsfeed of every course section that I’m teaching. I do this about 10-12 times a semester. Now, following these stories is not a formal assignment, but we can talk about the issues if anyone has comments or questions. So far, the response has been really positive.
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