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Citizens pollinating our future with civic understanding.


Ideals of Democracy





Types of Democracy


Gov't Power/Rts


Art. of Confed.


Ratify Constit.


Principles of Gov't




Interpreting Fed.


Federalism Today






In My Shoes:

Role Playing American Government and Politics


Oprah said it succinctly, “Leadership is about empathy.  It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives.”  This is not new.  Women’s Rights advocate, suffragette and poet Mary T. Lathrap wrote in 1895:


Just walk a mile in his moccasins
Before you abuse, criticize and accuse.
If just for one hour, you could find a way
To see through his eyes, instead of your own muse.


In each of our five (5) units of study in American Government and Politics you will be invited to connect with relevant players.  To better understand government and politics, walk in the shoes of those who have and continue to shape our government and politics.  The end result will not only improve our understanding; provide practice of essential skills; but also inspire and empower our own civic engagement.  Welcome. Get ready to “take the time to walk a mile in [their] moccasins.”

'Toon In

1. What is the funny?

2. How and why has the Presidential nomination process grown political?

3. Investigate how court appointments have become important campaign issues.

'Toon In

1. What is the funny?

2. What is the purpose of history? What is the purpose of a monument? How should we decide what gets studied?

3. How does the First Amendment complicate this issue?

In The News

The Many Dimensions of the Chief Justice's ...Term  

by Linda Greenhouse


For once, the conventional wisdom was right: The Supreme Court term that ended last week was a triumph for Chief Justice John Roberts. But, as usual, the conventional wisdom skims the surface, focusing on the obvious: his steering of the court toward a center comfortably aligned with public opinion, and protecting it from an institutionally destructive alliance with a president who assumed the court would do his bidding. 


Solving a Monumental Problem 

by Eric Gibson


Late last month the National Trust for Historic Preservation issued a “Statement on Confederate Monuments.” The Trust’s mission is “to save America’s historic sites” and “tell the full American story.”


Not this time. Because “most Confederate monuments were intended to serve as a celebration of Lost Cause mythology and to advance the ideas of white supremacy,” the statement read, “the National Trust supports their removal from our public spaces ..."


Listen to the podcast above and complete the following exercise.

"Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool under all circumstances." T. Jefferson

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