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Writing A Classroom Mission Statement

Seth Godin at MIT, 2013

Seth Godin at MIT, 2013

Seth Godin, well known American author, entrepreneur, marketer, and speaker, has written a bit about mission statements. He had this to say about it,

It’s so easy to string together a bunch of platitudes and call them a mission statement. But what happens if you actually have a specific mission, a culture in mind, a manifesto for your actions?

The essential choice is this: you have to describe (and live) the difficult choices. You have to figure out who you will disappoint or offend. Most of all, you have to be clear about what’s important and what you won’t or can’t do.”

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U.S. Government and Civics Mission Statement

After my first year teaching I found that I lacked a sense of cohesion that connected the first unit to the last unit. I am retired military (21+ years) and drawing on that background came to realize that I needed a mission statement with approaches and objectives in the hopes that this will strengthen my teaching for next year.

Mission Statement:
The mission of the  high school United States government class is to instruct students in the “principles of freedom”[1] by providing them a historical perspective on the founding documents of the United States and how those documents are translated into a functioning government. In so doing, we hope to mold students into “well informed” citizens so that “they can be trusted with their own government”[2]

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Economics Mission Statement

After my first year teaching I found that I lacked a sense of cohesion that connected the first unit to the last unit. I am retired military (21+ years) and drawing on that background came to realize that I needed a mission statement with approaches and objectives in the hopes that this will strengthen my teaching for next year.

Mission Statement:
The mission of this high school economics class is to provide students with a logical framework to understand basic economic principles and how people, businesses, and governments interact in order to use resources[1]. Students will be able to use that knowledge to think critically about government policy proposals that are debated in the media[2] creating better citizens capable of being a part of the political process. Additionally, they will be aware of how economy works and how to adjust to changes within it.

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