2006-06-09 / Community

Scholar's Academy Takes On 'Election Connection'

In June 5 the members of the Scholars' Academy Election Connection Team were victorious at the Town Hall meeting held at the New York Historical Society. Created by Teaching Matters, a non-profit organization that implements technology in New York City's Public Schools, Election Connection is a civics program that exposes students to six critical issues; the death penalty, gun control, religion and science, subway searches, trials and terrorism and violent video games. In all 6th and 7th grade Scholars' Academy classrooms, students are currently researching and debating their chosen issues, developing their point of view, writing a persuasive letter and completing power point presentations. With the 6th grade learning about ancient Greek democracy and the 7th grade tackling the Constitution, the Election Connection program fits the school's interdisciplinary curriculum to a T, according to a spokesperson for the program.

Hema Harinarine, Davian Ellis, William Buckley, Victoria Romano, Seamus Kirk, Vanessa Ramos, Rebecca Tickaram, Angelo Messina, Ravi Persaud, Daphne Palasi and Steven Peithman were the selected Scholars' Academy students who presented their findings at the Seventh Annual Town Hall Meeting, competing against 15 other New York City Schools.

These students debated whether or not the Death Penalty is a cruel and unusual punishment. "The Election Connection not only taught the students about civics, they learned how to form their own ideas, take a stand and most importantly, they now have a firm grasp on issues pertinent to their lives and the world around them. We are out to create a new generation of thinkers with fresh, innovative ideas and thoughts," the school's spokesperson said..

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