Friday, October 31, 2008

letters to the next president

Scott McLeod of Dangerously Irrelevant posted about Letters to the Next President: Writing Our Future, a project between Google and the National Writing Project.

We invited young people to write about the issues and concerns that they feel are central to their future, issues they would hope our next president would act on. Topics were chosen by the students themselves to reflect their specific personal, regional, and age-related interests. Teachers and mentors guided students through the process of writing a persuasive letter or essay to the presidential candidates using Google Docs.
Some of you may already be turned on to this project and encouraging your students to craft letters. Scott ups the ante with an open invitation to edubloggers to pen and post their own letters. A perfect time to model civic engagement and thought leadership? Absolutely.

If you're still pondering ideas for that first blog post, or casting around for what to write about next, here's your golden writing opportunity. Add your voice to the conversation. If you're talking about the election with your students, writing a letter to the next president is a pretty shiny teaching opportunity, too.

Scott suggests labeling your blog post with this Technorati tag: educationletters08 . To follow the "Letters to the Next President" posts composed by other edubloggers, either click on this educationletters08 link or visit Technorati and enter "educationletters08" in the search bar.

Check out the edublogger letters posted so far.


Scott McLeod said...

Thanks for passing this along. Much appreciated!

Jim from MN said...

Whenever I think of "education and the President" I am reminded of the fact that every person in the US can name GW Bush's education initiative (No Child Left Behind), yet Bill Clinton ("The Education President?") also had an educational intiative based on technology and 21st century skills that few if any can name. Does the term "Four Pillars of Progress" mean anything?
Begs the question, "What's more important--the way the message is packaged and sold or the content and ideas behind the message?"