Government Classes Added To History Curriculum
February 13, 2017
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Two history classes were added to the history curriculum at the start of this school year.
Students are required to take a government class to graduate but can choose between American Government and Advanced Placement government.
The classes “start with the basis of the Constitution, particularly the Bill of Rights and other Amendments,” Sara Betz, teacher, said. “We try to branch out from there so that students understand how the Constitution works, how it protects them, and how they can become citizens in society. We study privacy, the electoral system, Electoral College, the federal budget and a number of other subjects. We are rooted to the U.S. Constitution for most of our work.”
Students enrolled in these classes must pass the U.S. and Illinois constitution tests.
Betz explained that the American Government class was added “as a semester class when [the school received] approval from the Board of Education to add a half credit graduation requirement.” Advanced Placement Government is a yearlong course, however.
Students interested in these two classes should talk to their counselor for more information.