Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Monday, December 14, 2015

Another blog to recommend

Daniel Aaron Lazar and I started our blogs in 2006. He teaches at the John F. Kennedy School in Berlin.

Lazar's blog is worth looking at because, as you should suspect, his perspectives are different from mine. Look at his blog and the recent entries. I think you'll find ideas and resources that are valuable.

Note that he blogs about all the courses he teaches, not just Comparative Government and Politics.

Daniel Aaron Lazar
This is a forum to post articles and to share ideas about my historical and political interests. I hope to provide a valuable resource for my students and to contribute to the marketplace of ideas.
  • So much worse than Auschwitz
  • Nuremberg Trial Bore Witness to the Nazis’ Worst Crimes
  • Boko Haram Ranked Ahead of ISIS for Deadliest Terror Group
  • Lecture – The One China Myth: Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong
  • Iranians Reclaim Public Spaces and Liberties
  • Lecture: The Enlightenment: Constructing a New Paradigm of Man and Society
  • Election 2015 – Why The Conservatives Won
  • “Death to America,” Explained (by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei)

Another blog I've recommended before is Kevin James' blog from Albany High School in California. He started his a couple years after I started mine and we rely on many similar sources. But we don't choose the same contents. Check it out as well.

AHS Comparative Government
  • Commons Vote to Authorize Strikes against ISIS in Syria Reveals Division in Labour Party
  • Xi Does Not Take Kindly to Criticism
  • Neo-Imperialism with Chinese Characteristics
  • British Conservatives to Reduce Share of GDP Spent by Government
  • "The past is never dead. It's not even past."
  • At Long Last, Buhari Appoints Cabinet to Lead Nigeria

Don't forget Ken Halla's blog about comparative gov pol and teaching. (Don't be misled by the title of the blog.)

US Government Teachers Blog
  • Nigeria Pain and Promise
  • Nigeria, a country of pain, promise and complexity
  • Can Nigeria’s booming economy lift its poorest people?
  • How a cancer of corruption steals Nigerian oil, weapons and lives
  • Gay Nigerians face beatings, harsh prison sentences, even death
  • The Way to Incorporate Technology in the Classroom
  • The GAO, Interest Groups and Gun Control
  • NY Regents DBQs
  • Flipping and Grouping to a Better Learning Enviornment



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