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    Jul 15, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This class gave me a basis for understanding not only historical events, but also current events; Mr. Dodt allowed me to tie events together and to better understand the world around me.

    Course highlights:

    The most important thing that I have ever learned was via Mr. Dodt in this particular class. He taught me the importance of empathizing with historical figures, and demythologizing them-- viewing them as the mortal humans that they were-- in order to take them down from the high pedestal that conventional knowledge has placed them upon and see their decisions and struggles eye-to-eye.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Empathize. Always empathize. Empathy greatly aids understanding and therefore the piecing-together of events and the retention of such connections (for the AP exam and for life in general).

    • Fall 2016
    • Alex Dodt
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing Great Discussions
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    Jul 12, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Definitely recommend this course! Great if you're looking for something offering unconventional views and approaches to history you thought you knew.

    Course highlights:

    The material given in class was highly interesting and refreshing! Articles, excerpts, and videos from creative minds throughout American history were incredibly intriguing. The class expanded well beyond the realm of history into psychology, ethics, and economics so be prepared to learn about much more than you anticipated.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Just be thoughtful and original! Don't be afraid to put yourself out there and be wrong; it's time to escape outside your comfort zone.

    • Fall 2017
    • Mr. Dodt
    • Yes
    • Lots of Writing Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Jun 22, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course is a great class for students regardless of whether or not they enjoy history. This course expands your critical thinking skills and challenges the myths that Americans grow up learning about that are not always historically accurate. Because this course stresses understanding roots and causes over memorizing dates, the learning is much more enjoyable and you get a deeper understanding of historical events, why they happened, and how far back the roots leading to that event can be traced.

    Course highlights:

    I really enjoyed learning specifically about the American involvement in World War 2. In this course we examined the timeline of the end of the war closely to discuss how integral the atomically bombs were to the surrender of Japan. Growing up in America we always hear that the bombs ended the war, however upon closer inspection an argument that the Russian invasion actually caused Japan's surrender can be supported. This is just one of the examples of the typical American lessons we took and dug into examining on a closer level.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do a thorough job on the readings because knowing all the information will help you in class. There were never any reading quizzes in this class, but if you want to really understand the material and be able to think critically rather than just skimming over the information and managing to pass the quizzes, I suggest you read the full chapter.

    • Spring 2017
    • Alex Dodt
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Great Discussions

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