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    Nov 01, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Government is a class that can actually be applied to the outside world. Many classes seem to have no real-life application, but because politics are so prevalent in today's society, becoming educated on the way they work helps a lot. Since high school students are extremely close to being voting age, they need to be aware of what they are voting for. This class thoroughly teaches the aspects of the government and prepares students for the crazy system that is America.

    Course highlights:

    I gained a lot from this course. First of all, I learned how the election process works, which was one of the most applicable topics in today's world. It's extremely confusing to try and pick up on your own, and I was glad I had someone explaining it to me. Secondly, I learned about all the amendments and the court cases they were used in. It was not only interesting, but it always helps to know the rights that you as an American citizen have (in case you ever get into a sticky situation). And finally, most importantly (although it wasn't directly part of the course), I learned how to properly debate and have a strong argument. This class was heavily discussion-based, and we learned which arguments would win a debate and which ones would simply make you look bad. My teacher was very, very good at debating, and I learned a lot from him.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Pay attention in class. That would be my number one piece of advice. There's really only so much you can learn on your own, and chances are, the teacher knows exactly what they're talking about. They're almost always open to questions, and if you don't understand something, the best thing you can do is get help. The second piece of advice I would give, which is just as important, is to do the reading. Almost all of the answers on the tests given and eventually the AP test can be found directly in the book. Reading something over and over again helps immensely with memorization, and taking notes on the reading is also crucial. Overall, this class isn't something you can blow off. It's easy enough if you put in the effort, but if not, it can become increasingly difficult.

    • Fall 2015
    • Mr. Beckmann
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    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Oct 22, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Mr. Beckmann made the class very interesting despite the fact that most students don't find the topic of government very amusing.

    Course highlights:

    I got such a better underdstandinf of politics, as well as a great background on many famous court cases.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    I highly recommend it. Taking regular government class will put you to sleep with any other teacher, but it is relatable and easier to understand here.

    • Fall 2015
    • Mr. Beckmann
    • Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments Great Discussions
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    Oct 18, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Getting to know how our government works is one of the most essential skills you can have. Our government isn't going away, it will control a large portion of your life for as long as you live. Mr. Beckmann does a great job with delving into each aspect of government and explains it all in ways that are easy to understand and to apply to your life. This class affects how you view political media, campaign finance, political parties, etc, along with helping you make informed decisions before blindly diving into the world of politics

    Course highlights:

    Campaign finance was one of the most confusing aspects of government for me before I took this course, but now I can tell anyone all about PACs, Super PACs, the McCain-Feingold Act, and grassroots campaigning. Also, I learned a lot about my own views on policies whenever we talked about parties and policies.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take the class seriously. Take detailed notes. Actually read the book chapters assigned. STUDY THE NOTES YOU TOOK!

    • Fall 2016
    • Mr. Beckmann
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions

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