I am currently working to expand my curriculum on the basics of democracy and civic participation. Amidst a pile of books, I have also been utilizing iTunes U: a genius Apple application where universities, colleges, and programs have provided courses and lectures for free. There are many more to choose from than I would have expected, and it has been very helpful when we live in a place where it takes six weeks or more for a book to arrive. And did I mention that it’s free?
Either way, I’m currently listening through lectures on the basic premises of democracy. The state university, which I’ll respectfully leave unmentioned, has an intro to each lecture, where they flash political words in front of corresponding pictures. Example: “The Constitution” in front of the famous We the people… with a feather pen; “Congress” with a photo of the House meeting.
But its just a brief intro for free lecture, right?
…Then I saw “Foreign Policy” with a picture of an army tank.
I’m sorry, what?
Is that really how we want our foreign policy portrayed?!