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Thursday, March 23, 2006

AP Review Sessions

Here's the schedule - subject to change. Updates will be posted on the blog. Find Bouch in 7080 before school, 4th period, or 8th period with any questions, or send an email.

All sessions in 7032-7034 unless otherwise announced.

Wednesday April 5th: 3:30-4:30 PM - Introductory materials, foundations, federalism
Monday April 10th: 7:00-8:00 AM - Political parties, elections, campaigns
Tuesday April 18th: 7:00-8:00 AM - Presidency, congress
Tuesday April 25th: 3:30-4:30 PM - Judiciary, bureaucracy
Monday May 8th: BOTH 7:00-8:00 AM & 3:30-4:30 PM - Final review, mostly geared toward regular gov't students

The big day is May 9th - if you haven't registered yet, you need to do so ASAP!

Monday, March 20, 2006

Illinois Primary 2006!

For many of our bloggers, this is the 1st time they will get to vote. For others, they have their first experience working as an election judge. We'll use the blog this week to share our stories of voting, working as election judges, and also to discuss the results of the primary. Stay tuned to the blog for election results on Tuesday night!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

A Break from Politics - Who Has Inspired You?

I am stealing an idea from my pals over at citizenu.org. After attending a conference yesterday, I walked away most inspired by the vast numbers in my AP Gov't session of educators from Chicago Public Schools who are developing AP Gov't programs at their schools. They are serving students who need them tremendously - many of these students are living below the poverty line - and are in great need of some inspiration for their life and how a class like AP Gov't fits into it. It leaves you to ponder - who has inspired you?

4 teachers for me - Mr. Jackson, my 11th grade English teacher, who made me read and write constantly. Ms. Partain, my 11th grade debate teacher/coach, who truly cared about all of us. Professor Kessler, my political science advisor at Bates, who told me that I should teach high school. Professor Cohen, my social studies education advisor at Tufts, who taught us to always to keep humor in our teaching.

I need to write them thank you notes. It's never too late for that.

Who has inspired you?

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Bouch at Berkeley

Bouch is currently at Berkeley with Model UN. Supposedly, a flag was burned yesterday down the street from where she types this (she didn't see it). Given the activist-minded nature of this town, such actions are not surprising. What are your thoughts on flag burning? Should it remain a protected form of symboling speech? Or should members of Congress and state legislatures be supported in their efforts to pass a constitutional amendment banning such activity?

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Patriot Act, Revisited

Looks like the Patriot Act's getting renewed: http://www.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/03/07/patriot.act/index.html
Your thoughts? Come on back to the blog!

Thursday, March 02, 2006