Do you feel confused by the barrage of information about the upcoming Presidential election? Become an informed voter as you learn the skills necessary to be a critical thinker in this interactive course.
You will examine the campaign from many angles, including taped segments of the primary debates, materials from PBS, You Tube, The New York Times, The Daily News, commercial films, blogs, and the candidates' official websites, in order to understand the electoral system, analyze the issues being discussed, and decide what it all means for you as a voter.
Based on your research, you and your classmates will stage debates and create educational pamphlets to help those in your community make more informed choices.
Monday through Thursday
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
This course is open to all students, including ESL students, who meet the following criteria:
- Be a New York City public high school student, entering 11th or 12th grade in September 2008
- Have AT LEAST ONE of the following:
- 75 or above GPA in English or Social Studies
- 65 or above on ELA Regents
- 480 or above on the SAT verbal exam
- 48 or above on the PSAT verbal exam
Students from LaGuardia Community College's partner schools will be given priority, but eligible students from other public schools may attend if space permits.
- Attend 85% of all sessions including morning and afternoon classes and special events.
- Be engaged, participate actively, and complete all the reading and writing assignments.
- Complete individual research papers that meet college standards.
- Produce informational pamphlets for use in your own community. Pamphlets may be done in small groups.
You can download the application [PDF] for the Thinking Critically program.
For more information, contact Laguardia Community College's College Now staff.