Students take more thoughtful look at politics - by Deirdre Cox Baker, Quad-City Times

When the presidential primary races in the United States breaches boundaries and is top fodder for late-night television hosts, a group of teens in the Quad-Cities are among those who notice.

Advanced government students in local high schools track the primary activities, and according to local teachers, there is plenty of discussion. One school, in fact, ended up launching an extracurricular group to allow students to more fully discuss topics of national interest.

"When the controversial things happen — violence, hatred, bigotry — I try to add context to the bigger picture," said Ed Knupp, who teaches government at Rivermont Collegiate School, Bettendorf.

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