Today on Context Florida: Standardized tests, final exam week and Citizenfour

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Today on Context Florida:

As if American students don’t already face enough standardized tests, here comes another, says Martin Dyckman. Legislatures in eight states are considering adding success on a civics test to the requirements for high school graduation. Florida isn’t one of them, but it can’t be long before test-happy Tallahassee adopts the idea, which surfaced most recently in North Dakota.

It’s final-exam week at the University of Central Florida — and at many other Florida colleges and universities. For associate instructor of journalism Rick Brunson, it is the most meaningful part of his job. There is also a sense of relief for some: Faculty are not required to hold office hours during finals week.

Mitch Perry notes that in Laura Poitras’ electrifying new documentary Citizenfour, we go back in time to June of 2013 to rediscover why government whistleblower Edward Snowden was almost as big as the pope a year ago. That is when, via an article in The Guardian, the world learned through top-secret documents that the National Security Agency was spying on American citizens.

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