New advanced government class “We the People” includes state competition

Written by: Ellie Harris, Opinion Editor

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NPHS students will soon be making up their schedules which means there might be some classes they don’t recognize. One of these is an advanced government class for seniors called We The People taught by Gina Iacobucci.

“According to studies by the Indiana Bar Association, students that take ‘We the People’ score significantly higher in their knowledge of The Constitution, The Bill of Rights and Political Parties. They are more inclined to participate in and enjoy talking about politics, and critically consume news, they have a higher level of political efficacy, or the belief that one can make a difference in the world, and they are more tolerant of opposing ideals.”

The class will cover everything that a normal government class does, but students will specialize in six units of their choosing. Students will work together with the other students in their unit to write a paper answering the question for that unit over the course of the semester. The students will then attend a competition where they will present their papers and debate their points with a panel of judges.

The questions have subjects including the following: What are the philosophical and historical foundations of the American political system? How did the framers create the constitution? How have the values and principles embodied in the constitution shaped american institutions and practices? What does the Bill of Rights protect? What challenges might face american constitutional democracy in the 21st century?

NPHS junior Ashley Kieffer is a high achieving student, but she still has concerns about the class.

“I do show choir and I have a part-time job. I heard that there is commitment outside of class and I’m not sure if I can do that,” Kieffer said.

At the call out meeting, Iacobucci clarified the amount of time “We the People” students will have to spend outside of class.

“The amount of out of class time really depends on the students,” Iacobucci said, “If they want to spend more time practicing outside of class for the competition, that means they will be more prepared. If they only want to work in class, that’s okay too.”

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