What is the NY Constitutional Convention? (an exercise in perspective taking)

I’m starting to see bumper stickers and small signs like the one on the left. Perhaps you have too. And it makes me wonder how many New Yorkers know what this is all about. For many people, a proposed vote on whether to hold a Constitutional Convention has tremendous implications on the way of life for all New Yorkers. But do they know enough about it to cast a thoughtful “Yes” or “No” ballot in November. Will they even bother? Please take several thoughtful moments to lend a hand– to research and educate your fellow New Yorker on what this vote means. What would a Constitutional Convention do? Why do some people look forward to it, while others fear it? In small groups, we’re going to deliberate and decide what would be important for citizens to know, what proposals seem fair or imbalanced, and propose possible solutions.  By the time we’re all done posting comments, perhaps we’ll have a well-rounded picture of what’s at stake with the “Con Con.”

The first step is for your group to discuss what you already know about the Constitutional convention.  Post your responses in the Comment space below.

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Welcome to STI# 4950: Finding the Truth When All News is “Fake”: Developing Critical and Media Literacies Across the Grades!This course is about developing critical and media literacy skills and applying the principles of journalism in the classroom. It’s about finding and evaluating information and then reporting out through stories that compel and enlighten. Get the facts. Tell the story. Seems simple enough. But in an era when “facts” have been made pliable and “truth” has become subjective, distinguishing between “fake” and “real” involves developing a special skillset and mindset.

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