This class was tough.
I would definitely recommend this class if you have previously taken Civics with Mr. Huff. He makes the class interesting, and through engaging conversations we are able to interact with each other in class. This class is similar to a college course in that you need to do your readings outside of class, whether that be at home or whenever you have time, and you need to be prepared to talk in class and take part in discussion. It is also beneficial to be aware of current events within our country and also around the world. The class is definitely more fun if you understand what is going on and if you actively participate.
I'm still taking the class but I have gained speaking skills and knowledge about our nation. In civics we learned about voting and the basic skeleton of government, but in government and politics we learn how to apply that knowledge to real life examples. It is definitely more fun to take this class when the election process was going on. The examples are much more real and fun to point out. Throughout the class we have had some heated discussions, but it is the controversy in the class that makes it interesting. With opposing viewpoints we are able to learn more about the other side of politics and understand better what people who disagree with us think.
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Advice for students:
Definitely do your reading as soon as possible. Take notes and understand what the reading is talking about. Some concepts are complicated and you need to be able to understand them when reading them. There is also reading from another textbook from old political figures and founding fathers that definitely require better understanding and delving deeper. The English is more profound and the concepts the are talking about are often from another time. Taking time to understand what each speaker is referring to is essential. Mr. Huff also gives us reading guides with specific questions for each chapter. These questions are very useful for going through the readings and knowing what to look for. Also make sure to highlight key vocabulary and make a list of what the vocab is and what it means. Important dates and key political figures are also important to keep to your mind.