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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Civic education is not dead!

This week's article is brought to us by the Oakland Press website, from Thursday, October 29th.

The headline read, "Students experience State Supreme Court".

I'm a political science major and am proud that Oakland County's k-12 education made the front page news this week.

Students from Pontiac, one of Michigan's most dangerous cities, had a field trip to the state Supreme Court where they learned about Michigan's criminal justice system.

Civic education is not dead!

This article was newsworthy because it is important that as a community we introduce the criminal justice system to young people when they aren't wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a judge because of a crime they have allegedly committed.

It's a new perspective.

It's a good perspective.

Way to go Pontiac k-12--props.

Until next week!


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Alligator escapes, local man hospitalized

A five-foot alligator escaped from top-secret Pine Street laboratory, Orgo-One, and hospitalized a local man early Monday morning.  The alligator was being trained for an underground communist missal defense strategy by Orgo-One scientists and escaped through an open door. The local man was bitten on the neck and legs by the alligator and called for help. The animal wreaked havoc down Pine Street until 2 am when authorities arrived. No charges were filed and the animal was unharmed. Scientists from Orgo-One declined an interview.


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Detective Democracy goes to DC

Detective Democracy is like voting's McGruff, Smokey, or Rosie that seeks to motivate young people to participate in government and received national credibility and legitimacy when Central Michigan University senior, Allison White, presented the idea on a full travel scholarship to over two hundred conference attendees at, "A Better Deal '09: Securing Our Economic Future NOW!" October 15th in the Palladian Room at the Omni-Shoreham hotel and conference center in DC.

White was one of only thirty conference attendees that received a full travel scholarship to be housed for two nights at the four diamond resort. White was one of only two Michiganders to receive the scholarship. 

Detective Democracy started as an in class project at central the fall of 2008 in White's political science class on lobbying called "Interest Group Behavior" with Dr. Cherie Strachan.

Students were assigned to read Tamara Draut's research book, "Strapped: Why America's Twenty and Thirty Something's Can't Get Ahead" in which Draut clearly identifies problems facing millenials and why they can't seem to make it like our parents did and then students were asked to respond.

Students were given the pants of a policy maker.

"The more real students make their projects, the more likely they are to earn an A," said Strachan.

White kept working on Strachan's in class project out of class in her spare time for nearly a year after she had completed the class.

"I was really poor and I realized that it didn't cost anything to think. I focused my thoughts and daily conversations about Detective Democracy and talked with people about my idea. It's turned into our community project now, and I am living my American dream--it's amazing." said White.

"I have a van. I have a plan," White said.

White wants to take Detective Democracy and work with the Ad Council and Rock the Vote to launch a pilot motivational speaking program called "The Knowledge Tour" this August to connect with high school students in San Francisco, California.

"You can dream a little dream or you can live a little dream. I'd rather live it because dreamers always chase but never get it," White concluded.