Teens like to express their opinions, and many need an appropriate outlet for very strong opinions. Teens like to debate, and to test their argumentation skills. They are learning about the world, and trying to form their own worldviews.
Exploring current events, and asking them to offer their opinions about daily news is a great way to help your students to think critically about politics, religion, world affairs, and local stories.
Very soon your students will be entering adulthood. They want to assume adult responsibilities, even though they sometimes don’t act like it. They want to be seen as adults, not as children. It’s important for you to guide them into thinking about the adult issues that will confront them in the future.
Including current events in your teen’s homeschool program can be extremely beneficial to their transition into adulthood.
In the next post, I’ll give an example of current events assignments that are part of my Government and Economics courses.