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Want to Teach about SuperPACs? What We Can Learn from Stephen Colbert
AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice
  • Jeremy Stoddard, College of William & Mary
Document Type
Article
Department/Program
Education
Publication Date
10-1-2012
Abstract

The emergence of the SuperPACs in American politics is a major issue in the current election. SuperPACs, and the media campaigns they fund, also present a major challenge for media and democratic education. This article explores the issues surrounding SuperPACs and the rise of media in elections and politics in general, and presents some starting points for addressing these challenges in K-12 school curriculum and policy. Key areas addressed include: the need for more issues - centered and deliberative curriculum that engage students in examining the complexities of contemporary issues; a focus on media literacy in the social studies curriculum; and the potential for using popular culture, such as Stephen Colbert’s segments on SuperPACs, to engage students in current debates.

Citation Information
Jeremy Stoddard. "Want to Teach about SuperPACs? What We Can Learn from Stephen Colbert" AASA Journal of Scholarship and Practice Vol. 9 Iss. 3 (2012) p. 41 - 49
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/jeremy-stoddard/2/