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HISTORY 101 AP Government

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    Feb 10, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    How governments- specifically the American government- works is something every citizen should know. When a citizen knows how checks and balances equal out the government, or what a crazy idea the Constitution was, not only does it give someone greater respect for the founders, but also makes one a informed voter, and active community member. Because my parents have never talked politics (in order to keep away from tension), I was unaware how big a difference I can make in my community by joining interest groups or volunteering at political offices or just understanding the perspective of politicians. This class also gave me a sense of identity where I stand in the political spectrum, because we were able to (calmly) debate out topics and give opinions. For the most part, conversations never turned heated and instead our discussions ranged from politics in the classroom to international politics.

    Course highlights:

    There are three specific topics that I loved about this class. One of our first focuses was on Machiavelli's "The Prince", and his view on how to rule a state. We discussed the morality of his ideas, how effective the plans were, and compared his directions to how the American government functions. This to me was interesting, because I saw how hard it is for leaders to juggle demands of the people and demands of the power. After finishing Machiavelli, we turned to the Constitution. We spent several weeks dissecting the Constitution and going over the different ways to interpret articles and amendments. We split into groups and poured over lines. The end of the section was marked with a test that everyone was dreading- where each question was a situation in which we had to defend our refute a belief someone in the situation had. However, we were allowed to do it together and I learned quite a bit on how the government works. Finally, because this was an election year, we were able to follow the process. It was cool to look over and discuss each candidate, vote (if we were 18), watch the inauguration, and went over Pres. Trump's first 100 days. Hearing different ideas and opinions taught me how to respect other's ideas and see how the process worked.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be prepared to work, but be prepared to have fun, discuss, and most importantly, be open-minded.

    • Fall 2017
    • Pamela Fleishchman
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    • Many Small Assignments Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Jan 16, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because when I took I was able to learn a lo t about the American Government. It also got me more involved in politics and I became excited to learn more. I was never interested in politics until I took this class and I was able to learn a lot of useful things. One thing that I wish I knew about this course would be that a lot of the information came from the readings and that was something that I never did.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course were the class discussions that we had. We would talk about the government, society, and our nation. I was able to learn a lot of interesting things that I did not already know because of the discussions.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study the lectures that are given by your government teachers.

    • Fall 2017
    • Pamela Fleishchman
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    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Competitive Classmates
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    Jan 16, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    My teacher loves to do lectures so I recommend to stop what you are doing and listen. Take notes on things that sound important but not ion everything that the teacher says because you can also miss important things that they say. Also, you should look back at your notes and study them because what they lecture on could be added onto a test.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course are the discussions that we get to have about the world, environment, society, and the nation. I learned so much about politics and how American politics work. I was never interested in politics until I took this class and it has helped me to be more aware of what was going on around me.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be prepared to learn a lot. We had many crash courses and we went through things quickly. Remember to study a lot because the tests are very difficult.

    • Winter 2017
    • Pamela Fleishchman
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