The Best of Our Knowledge
3:14 am
Mon December 17, 2007

The Best of Our Knowledge # 900

Albany, NY – EDUCATING FOR DEMOCRACY:
PREPARING UNDERGRADUATES FOR RESPONSIBLE POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT -
Campaign season, like the holiday season, is hitting a fever pitch with presidential debates on television, and only weeks until voters in several
states caucus and cast their first primary ballots. Two new studies have
just been released which look at students and politics. And they share
many of the same results.
One report is titled, Millennials Talk Politics: A Study Of College Student
Political Engagement. The study was conducted by the Center For
Information & Research On Civic Learning & Engagement. Researchers
found that today's students are turned off by polarized national debates,
but are eager to engage on a local level. Students in this study said they
did not see voting as a way to create political change. Instead, they
considered volunteering in their community as more important.
The second report comes from a three-year project by The Carnegie
Foundation For The Advancement Of Teaching. The Foundation just
published a book on it called, Educating For Democracy: Preparing Undergraduates For Responsible Political Engagement. It found that
young people have little political knowledge, weak political skills, and
rarely engage in political activities.
TBOOK speaks with two of the co-authors of the book, both Carnegie
Senior Scholars, Tom Ehrlich and Anne Colby.
Glenn Busby reports. (9:02)

**(Attention Program Directors and Listeners. To read more details
about the abovementioned study, go to their website: www.carnegiefoundation.org/PEP)**

SEEING THROUGH MAPS:
MANY WAYS TO SEE THE WORLD , Pt. 2 of 2 -
As we heard in our first story, students need to become more civically
engaged, and more politically involved. One way to promote this is
through studying geography and maps. An example of this comes
from Canada. The Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools recently
purchased 100 copies of the DVD, Many Ways To See The World.
It's a 30-minute classroom video suitable for junior high grade levels
through adults. The DVD includes power point files and MP3 audio files.
And it also has sample book chapters from its companion book, Seeing
Through Maps: Many Ways To See The World. The DVD explores the
minds of twelve map makers. Viewers discover how their unique
backgrounds, philosophies, values, and politics led each to select a
particular mathematical formula to create their maps. Students learn
about the impact those world images have had on various populations.
The Ontario Alliance of Schools is using both the book and the DVD to
serve 14-thousand students in over 80 schools as part of a unit called,
Canada Reaching Beyond Its Borders, which encourages global awareness. Last week, we looked at the history of map making, and how people tend
to think where they live as being the center of the world. This week, how
maps can be used in classrooms. TBOOK speaks with book co-author,
Dr. Denis Wood.
Glenn Busby reports. (7:47)

**(Attention Program Directors and Listeners. The website mentioned at
the end of the above story for viewing additional information about how
maps can be used is: www.odtmaps.com)**