Social Studies with Mr. T

Government is the social science that studies the processes, principles, and structure of political institutions and the exercise of authority and the act of governing, especially the control and administration of public policy in a political unit.

Apathy, it seems, has become an enduring fixture in America’s political tradition.  There is no need to look far to find evidence of this unfortunate epidemic.  Indeed, America is one of the few democracies in which the citizens take pride in their own political indifference.  By providing students with an understanding of the purpose of government, how it works, and the responsibilities of citizens living in a democratic society, this course seeks to create socially and politically informed students who possess the ability to make future decisions that will ensure the survival of the ideals that America was founded upon.  

This course or Honors US History is required for graduation and includes a state mandated End-of-Course exam that you must pass. US History is a chronological survey of the people and events that have shaped our nation’s history, starting with the period after the Civil War. We cover a variety of social studies topics, including: geography, archaeology, theology (study of religions), philosophy, sociology, economics, politics, and of course, history. The course emphasizes the importance of listening, careful note taking, map reading, poltical cartoon interpretation, research, writing skills, and critical thinking.

During this semester, we trace the development of the United States, from Reconstruction through the current period. History requires that we review many names and dates, but our main goal will be to look at the large themes that emerge from various periods and the actors that each produced. The names and dates serve as the skeleton as we raise essential questions and issues.

History is the study of the past, but we must remember that history is alive and not disconnected from our lives today. While distant periods and events may seem so remote to us here in the 21st century, many of the same issues and problems have confronted citizens and leaders since the founding of the United States. Because of this fact, we can explore many recurring themes and essential questions as we approach the past, as well as more recent history. Over the course of this semester, you will develop the skills to interpret the past and apply your conclusions to events along our nation’s timeline. History is exciting, because like artists or painters, students can view the same material and create vastly different interpretations.