What’s so intriguing about this video is not the artists/actors/athletes who are in it, but the amount of likes/dislikes on YouTube. At the time of this post there are 5.2 Million views with over 35K likes and over 22K dislikes…roughly a 61/39 split. That’s a lot of people who chose to express their opinion on this video. Where do you fall on this issue, the approach, or the video itself?
A friend from London asked, “Why do Americans love the 2nd Amendment so much?”
America really looks like this - I was looking at the amazing 2012 election maps created by Mark Newman (Department of Physics and Center for the Study of Complex Systems, University of Michigan), and although there is a very interesting blended voting map (Most of the country is some shade of purple, a varied blend of Democrat blue and Republican red) what I really wanted was this blended map with a population density overlay. Because what really stands out is how red the nation seems to be when you do not take the voting population into account; when you do so many of those vast red mid-west blocks fade into pale pink and lavender (very low population).
So I created a new map using Mark’s blended voting map based on the actual numbers of votes for each party overlaid with population maps from Texas Tech University and other sources.
Here’s the result — what the American political voting distribution really looks like.
Images: Chris Howard’s “blended” voting map, via Facebook (top); Mark Newman’s 2012 voting maps by state, county and percentage vote by county (bottom). Select to embiggen.
As part of our ongoing, seemingly never ending conversations on education and pop culture, we sat down with Deborah Green, an educator/doctoral student to get her thoughts on current life in the K-12 environment.
How do teachers bring current events into the classroom? How does the educational system restore trust with local communities? What does the future of the classroom look like? How do students react to different policy changes like No Child Left Behind and Race to the Top? We cover these questions, plus a few more, in a far-ranging conversation. Let us know what you think! (Facebook.com/TheGCafe)
This is Part 1 of our interview. Part 2 will be on the way soon!