About US Government (Semester 1) and Economics (Semester 2)
This course is an introductory course about US Government (semester 1) and Economics (semester 2). US Government students will explore the foundations of the government, structures of the US Government, current domestic/foreign affairs in America, introduction to comparative politics with a few case studies, and introduction to Japanese politics. Economics students will learn the basics of concepts of economics, economic analysis, introduction to microeconomics and macroeconomics, and global poverty.
US Government students will be challenged with the following question: what is the importance and responsibility of living as a citizen in a democratic country? It is also my desire that all of us can discuss and learn what it means to honor and love God and to love our neighbors in the realm of politics; (Matthew 22.37, 39, etc.); to pray for our leaders (Timothy 2.1-2, etc.); and to act responsibly in our communities (Philippians 2.1-11, etc.). Economics students will be exploring what it means to use our gifts to serve others. Students will also reflect on what it means to beresponsible with God’s creation and cultivate our talent in a manner that glorifies Him.
For this course, I would like us to spend time on events/themes that spark interest for students rather than "bulldozing" through US Government & Economics. If there are certain issues/events/concepts that students would like to discuss at depth, please let me know. I will take student suggestion into consideration!
Syllabus located on homepage.
There will be a bellringer at the beginning of class.
Bellringers will cover content of the previous day or assigned homework.
No bellringer on Mondays (or first class of the week), Quiz Day, Test Days, DBQ days, etc.
Bellringers will be graded per week. Points will be added.
If you missed a bellringer due to absence, it is your responsibility to reach out to me. I will provide a make-up form.
Q. How can I keep up with current affairs? A. Some of the news outlets are free to read, e.g. Al Jazeera, Guardian and Reuters. Some will only allow 10 free articles a month (e.g. Bloomberg and The New York Times). Please keep in mind that there are satirical news outlets, e.g. The New Yorker and The Rising Wasabi. Political satire is fun to read if you understand the context! YouTube can also be a platform to gather information (TLDR News does a fantastic job on covering Brexit-related UK politics). As with any article or video, please check whether it is reliable.
All news outlets have a bias. State-owned media can be used as propaganda, e.g. Xinhua News Agency and Pravda. When reading the news, it is always important to look for multiple opinions. If something seems fishy or fake, try looking up the same event in different news sources!