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August 25 - Today, CNN Student News examines some stories of cause and effect. Home sales took a big dip in July; what might it mean for the future of the U.S. economy? The yen is doing well against the dollar; how does that impact Americans in Japan? Plus, take a tour of the most expensive school in America, and then visit our blog to share students' thoughts on what makes a school good.


I don’t think I’ve mentioned it in my blog, though it’s come up on Facebook from time to time, but  I quit TV in January.  

For REALS this time.  

When we moved at the first of the year, I didn’t transfer the cable or go buy one of those special thingamabob’s you need to get a TV signal nowadays.  I’d just had enough. I was sick of seeing Tiger Woods, Jon, Kate, and their eight kids, and I was sick of seeing Joe Arpaio‘s pasty face on my television. Especially given the impact that Sheriff Joe’s criminalization of the Latino community was having on my children, I wouldn’t even watch the news if they were in the room. I figured I could read the news, and just about everything else we watch is either a movie, or can be found on the internet, especially since we can watch instantly on Netflix.      

But this also ties me to the computer… it takes a REALLY REALLY LONG TIME to read all the news! And when I sat down to talk to my children about my recent protest activity, I found a gap in current events. I wasn’t very good at keeping them informed about what was going on in our local, national, and global community. I downloaded the Blackberry Podcast App, and over the last couple of weeks I’ve subscribed to various audio and video podcasts so that we can listen to the news as we go about our business. One of my favorites, for the children and myself, is CNN Student News. At ten minutes, it’s the perfect length for a car ride. It’s commercial free, upbeat and manages to hold the attention not only of my 14yo ADHDer and my 10yo who’s only interest of late is lip gloss and jelly bracelets, but also my 7yo. It doesn’t address local news, but so far this week these podcasts have given us an opportunity to discuss the housing market, flooding in Pakistan, the egg recall, the Islamic Center, Iranian predator drones & the potential for nuclear weapons, and more. Monday night when I drove Tyler to his Civil Air Patrol Cadet meeting (only five minutes away), he said, “awww, man… can I listen to the rest of this on the way home?” So whether you’re a home schooler or just want your kids to be informed about current events without as much sensationalism as they’ll see on the local evening news, this is a fantastic resource.    

What is CNN Student News?

CNN Student News is a ten-minute, commercial-free, daily news program for middle and high school students produced by the journalists and educators at CNN. This award-winning show and its companion Web site are available free of charge throughout the school year.     

CNN Student News – Special Coverage on CNN.com.  

  1. Becky
    August 25, 2010 at 12:15 AM

    Every parent who cares about the education of their kids is a homeschooler. Because the school can’t meet all their educational needs and there is surely more than you want to teach them anyway. We start teaching at birth and as far as I can tell, we never stop – regardless of where their formal education happens.

    This is very cool, chica. Thanks for the heads up. I like to talk about news with my kids too, but we have TV. More TV than I want, but at least they are limited. We do watch and discuss CNN often, so this will make it easier w/o having to watch any more boob tube. 🙂

    • August 31, 2010 at 6:29 PM

      I totally agree with that Becky… I wonder if many other parents see it that way though. 🙂

  2. Melinda
    August 25, 2010 at 7:26 AM

    Thank you for the heads up! We also do not have TV in our home… confusing to some when they come to visit and see the giant flat screen hanging on our wall. 🙂 I’m going to check out that podcast! Although I have to confess I’ve never used a podcast before… does that make me crotchety and in line for hip replacement? 😛

    • August 31, 2010 at 6:30 PM

      Melinda, I hope not… because I just started using podcasts about two weeks ago!

  3. August 25, 2010 at 8:29 AM

    Thanks for the tip! I am never sure the best way to present the news. We also don’t have cable and watch little TV. I will definitely look into this.

    • August 31, 2010 at 6:31 PM

      Tracey, I know that for me I probably am not as proactive as I should be… these are handy, I just need to do better about remembering to start one when we get in the car. The last week I never seem to think about it until we’re almost at our destination 😦

  4. September 12, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    I think that schools should have good teachers that work hard and respect students. It doesn’t matter hownice the scool is it just matters about the education.

    Jackson Theodore
    Brentwood Middle School TN

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