Teaching at a public school in Philadelphia it feels crucial to design curriculum that allows students to deeply understand, and speak out about, changes that are happening in the School District of Philadelphia. This year my American Government classes began the year with an inquiry into the concept of democracy. This lead to an investigation of the relationship between democracy and education, with a focus on Philadelphia and the manufactured crisis facing our schools.
After two weeks of class research and investigation students created digital stories. (More details on the unit and the assignment can be found here.) The results are insightful, varied, and often poignant. The projects can be seen by clicking on the image below.