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VAL CROFTS named “CRYSTAL APPLE 2013” honoree!

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John Eyster
May 1, 2013

VAL CROFTS named “CRYSTAL APPLE 2013” honoree!

Yesterday, Leigh Mills from Madison’s WMTV - NBC 15 traveled to Milton High School to announce that VAL CROFTS, founder/director of Discovering Democracy and social studies teacher, is a 2013 “Crystal Apple” honoree. She joined with Crofts’ Advanced Placement students to present him with the award.

Citing the AP Government Field Study to Washington DC, "Discovering Democracy" which CROFTS launched/founded in 2010 and led on field study for the 4th year this year, Mills stated that the number of student stories about their learning and growth were impressive. Many of the nominations for the award came from students in the two sections of the AP course with whom CROFTS is working this year. Students stated that they valued Crofts for his passion, humor, and ability to inspire confidence through his class and the field study.

The Crystal Apple Awards are given out annually by WMTV - NBC 15 to teachers showing excellence in teaching and for inspiring students. Of over 200 nominated applicants, Crofts is one of five winners.

Mr. Crofts has taught in the Milton School District for the past ten years, teaching United States History and Advanced Placement American Government.

Milton High School Principal Jeremy Bilhorn stated, "Val is certainly a valued member of the MHS faculty and works hard to create opportunities for his students. His ability to connect with students and make meaningful learning experiences is outstanding."

VAL CROFTS and his AP US Government & Politics students are preparing for the 4th annual Discovering Democracy Research Fair on Thursday, May 30 from 7 – 9 pm in the Milton High School library. The event is open to the public and free. This is our opportunity to talk with individual Discovering Democracy students about their research and field study experience. I encourage YOU to mark the date on your calendar and take advantage of this opportunity to talk with informed young adults about significant public policy issues.

Here is the wide-ranging and impressive list of the significant public policy issues researched by the Discovering Democracy students this year: Media and the Government – Government Support of the Arts – History of the White House and Other DC Landmarks – US Crime Rate – Abortion – Stem Cell Research – Entitlement Programs – Death Penalty – Native American / US Government Relations – Federal Drug Policy – The Future of Space Exploration in the US Government – Federal Reserve Audit Bills – Gun Control – A Comparison of the American Revolution and the Arab Spring – Illegal Immigration Reform – The Budget Crisis – Border Security – Israeli Relations with the US – Mass Media and Censorship - Women in the US Military – Same Sex Marriage – Stem Cell Research – The FBI and Its’ Role in Homeland Security – Capital Punishment – The Right of Concealed Carry – Labor Unions – The Farm Bill – Iranian Conflict – Equality of Women in Politics – Projected Effects of Obamacare – US and Its’ Relationship with Afghanistan – Nuclear Energy Research and Development – Capital Gains Taxation – Wage Inequality Between Men and Women – Bipartisanship – The Importance of the Federal Role in Education - NASA Funding – US and Chinese Economic Relations.

Be sure you note Thursday, May 30 from 7 – 9 pm at Milton HS Library to learn more about these significant public policy issues which are of special interest for you from the Discovering Democracy IV students. This will be our opportunity to CONGRATULATE & THANK VAL CROFTS too. He is now preparing for the 5th annual Discovering Democracy Field Study in April 2014.

Here we go…

Mr. E.


John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor of political science at UW-Whitewater and an advocate for Project Citizen, a model curriculum for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.


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