C-SPAN visits AAPS middle, high schools

Channel to feature Ann Arbor history, authors in Nov. 16-17 special

C-SPAN producer Ashley Hill shows Pioneer students in Tracey Van Dusen's AP Government class how to find primary, unbiased sources of information.
C-SPAN producer Ashley Hill shows Pioneer students in Tracey Van Dusen’s AP Government class how to find primary and unbiased sources of information. | Oct. 23, 2013

Oct. 25, 2013

By Tara Cavanaugh

In a few weeks, C-SPAN will air a special documentary about Ann Arbor’s history and literary life.

As C-SPAN journalists toured Ann Arbor this week to gather footage, they also took time to visit Clague, Skyline and Pioneer to talk with students about news media and politics.

“We want kids to understand that their opinion matters, that there’s a variety of points of view and that unbiased information can be found through our network,” said Debbie Lamb, a coordinating producer for C-SPAN.

Lamb and producer Ashley Hill also encouraged students to participate in C-SPAN’s annual StudentCam competition. The 2014 theme is “What’s the most important issue Congress should consider in 2014?”

Pioneer government teacher Tracey Van Dusen, who has served as a fellow with C-SPAN and the U.S. Department of Education, has encouraged her students to participate in the competition for the past few years for extra credit. Her students have earned several honorable mentions and a second place award from C-SPAN.

Lamb and Hill said they were impressed by the students they met.

“Every student we’ve spoken with has had these intense opinions that they’ve stood by,” Hill said. “I hope they never lose that. It’s great to hear them be so intelligent and passionate about what they believe in.”

Lamb and Hill also met with social studies teachers to share the resources offered on C-SPAN Classroom, which Anderson helped create.

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