Let's teach current events with a new strategy: Students should spend as much time learning about current events as they spend doing something about them.
Does your class spend 30 minutes a week learning about current events through Junior Scholastic, Flocabulary, CNN Student News, etc? Then give students 30 minutes to blog, connect, brainstorm, and work on projects to address societal issues and problems.
Some more thoughts (10/6):
It is easier to do this if students are creating and publishing regularly in their classes. If each student has a blog, makes videos, and regularly connects with the outside world, the "take action" action piece is easier. An example of what it could look like when students take action:
If only students in every school made products like this to address issues relevant to their lives!