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What We’re Reading: Government/Economics

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What our senior students are reading in Government (first semester) and Economics (second).

1) Legislating Morality by Norm Geisler and Frank Turek

Teacher Commentary: The authors refute the often used line, You cannot legislate morality. They present the struggle of traditional Christian viewpoints in today’s post modern world.  Abortion, euthanasia and homosexuality are presented from the Left and the Christian Right views. Students should talk about these subjects in a safe environment, while living at home and attending a Christian school, were they can discuss what it means to live out a Biblical worldview.

2) Great Souls by David Aikman

Teacher Commentary: Mini Biographies of 6 famous people who had significant impact on the later 20th and early 21st centuries. These are inspiring people who our students would do well to emulate.

3) The Millionaire Next Door by Stanley and Danko

Teacher Commentary: The authors study affluent people and give insights on how we can learn valuable traits from them to lead a less stressful and more fulfilling life. Our students are daily subjected to clever advertising, and need tools to avoid debt and the discipline to become economically successful.

4) Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt

Teacher Commentary: The author presents conservative answers to today’s economic questions. Students are repeatedly hearing liberal doctrine on economics in colleges today and should read opposing viewpoints as well.

Seniors Christopher Tento, Clara Adams, Susannah Fischer, and Abraham Ahn

Seniors Christopher Tento, Clara Adams, Susannah Fischer, and Abraham Ahn

US Government Survey Project

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Survey topic review and selection.

US Government is starting a survey (public polling) project where students create background questions about the respondents and issue questions on their topic. Examples are raising minimum wage, gov’t health care, euthanasia, Native American names for sports teams, should hospitals have to publish their fees?, etc.  The students go door-to-door to get 20 responses, tally them, analyze for similarities and differences and speculate as to why people might respond differently.

Serious research!

Government Class Surveys

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Westside’s government classes are starting a survey project today. Each group will pick a topic, write 5 background questions (about the respondent) and 5 issue questions (about the point being surveyed). Students will then go door-to-door to collect 20 responses. Once a group has received 20 responses, they will analyze them for likenesses or differences. Example: did the older people answer differently (or the same) as younger folks? Finally, they will speculate as to why that may be, with the intention that critical thinking will be stimulated as their postulates are made.

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A few questions, please?