Debate Viewing Requirement
As mentioned in a previous email, you MUST watch the presidential debates. The first one is on at 8 or 9pm, this Friday the 26th, on all four major channels: (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC). I imagine that PBS and the cable news networks will show them too. If you have a prior engagement: tape them, TIVO them, DVR them, or watch a repeat of them. (I have no doubt that Fox New, CNN, and/or MSNBC will repeat them.) At the very worst, you can easily find a transcript of it on-line.
I will be quizzing you on Monday September 31. But this quiz will have ten questions, and it will be worth THEE normal quizzes. It will also not be “droppable,” like your other quizzes. I will likely do this for all three debates, and the Palin/Biden debate. (There also might be a few presidential debate questions on the mid-term.)
This may seem hash or draconian. But this is a class in U.S. government. And we have the fortune of teaching the class while the most important political event occurs: a presidential election. I like football, baseball, House, Heroes, and going out on Friday nights and drinking scotch. But it would be nice to make sure we know what the positions of the candidates are prior to an election. So I am taking this very seriously. Plus, you can drink scotch afterward.
If you miss Monday, even with a valid excuse—like a doctor’s note or debate competition—I will assign you a 3 – 5 page essay regarding the debate and give you a week or so to do it. If you have no valid excuse, you will simply fail the three quizzes.