Phi Beta Cons

Those Cartoons: My Kids Are Going to Junior College!

A professor writes in:

I am an adjunct community college political science professor (adjunct means part time junior college teacher in search of a full time job, at least until this letter!). I teach introductory International Relations, American Government, Political Science and other courses at a highly diverse (multinational, multi-religious, multilingual) community college outside Washington D.C. A major part in all of my classes is media literacy where I require students to analyze current political events using a variety of media sources including broadcast, print, and internet sites of their choice. I encourage a comparative approach by requiring dual sourcing of major stories in order to

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Politics & Policy

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PC Culture

TV Before PC

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Politics & Policy

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