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.
The mission of the high school United States government class is to instruct students in the “principles of freedom” 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”
Adams, John. John Adams to Abigail Adams, July 7, 1775. Letter.
WEB PRESENCE: http://founders.archives.gov/?q=%20Recipient%3A%22Adams%2C%20John%22&s=1111211111&r=1
WEB PRESENCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Adams
WEB PRESENCE: http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/aea/index.html
“La corruption de chaque gouvernement commence presque toujours par celle des principes.“
Montesquieu, Charles de. De L’Espirit des Lois. Geneva: Barillot et Fils, 1748. Book VIII, Chapter 1
SEE (ENGLISH): http://www.constitution.org/cm/sol_08.htm#001
SEE (FRENCH): http://books.google.com/books?id=hldHAAAAYAAJ
WEB PRESENCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montesquieu
WEB PRESENCE: http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/montesquieu/
WEB PRESENCE: http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/book/search?author=Montesquieu&amode=words