Students Study the Media's Effect on Public Opinion, Politics, More

Justice Ira J. Raab

Several Introduction to American Government students have publicly voiced their opinions in letters to the Palm Beach Post editor. 

The group, under the direction of Northwood adjunct professor Justice Ira J. Raab, a retired Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, is participating in a project which focuses on the media and how it impacts public opinion, politics and elections.

“With the assignment being that they write a Letter to the Editor on a current topic regarding one of the classroom subjects, they are focusing their thoughts on local and national elections, laws and religious freedoms, Florida’s Stand Your Ground law, and more,” said Raab of the class, which regularly researches the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of American government, the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights, federalism, political parties, the federal bureaucracy, and other government related subject matters.

“This type of first-hand lesson provides a much greater learning impact than classroom lectures or textbooks,” added Raab of the course which also offers Palm Beach County Courthouse field trips to observe arraignments, assignment of counsel, motions, pleas and sentences.  


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