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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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Thought for the Day – September 22nd, 2013


Adams, John. John Adams to Abigail Adams, July 7, 1775. Letter.
SEE: http://www.masshist.org/digitaladams/aea/cfm/doc.cfm?id=L17750707ja
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

Thought for the Day – September 20th, 2013


“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