These days I often find that I am learning things I really should’ve been taught in school from less conventional sources (like the internet, or on television). Don’t get me wrong, as much as I absolutely believe school should be the place where kids learn things like what the Tulsa Race Massacre was, or who the Central Park Five were, or what the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was all about, embarrassingly enough, it isn’t -- or at least it wasn’t, not for me, anyway -- and I don’t know that it is for today’s kids, either (see: How Texas Teaches History). What I do know is that I learned about those things in my thirties from platforms like HBO, Netflix and Hulu, and most recently the subject being taught is of the utmost importance: Voting. Well, today’s class is Freeform’s Kal Penn Approves This Message, and whether he realizes it or not, its eponymous host, Kal Penn, may have just inadvertently created 2020’s best teaching aid to date: His show.
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