American Government

East Windsor High School Mission Statement

Approved Nov. 2008

East Windsor High School is a learning community composed of students, parents, faculty, support staff, and administrators who are in a partnership with caregivers and the community at large. This diverse and changing community will provide a safe and secure learning environment that promotes lifelong learning for all studentsEast Windsor High School will facilitate academic achievement and acquisition of knowledge and skills for future endeavors and develop an appreciation of the arts.  Students will respect themselves and others, lead healthy lifestyles, and become responsible citizens, problem solvers, and effective communicators while making positive contributions to society.

The only sure bulwark of continuing liberty is a government strong enough to protect the interests of the people, and a people strong enough and well enough informed to maintain its sovereign control over the government.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Course Description

The first half of this course will be an active study in American government.  You will explore the creation of our government, while working toward an understanding of the forces that shaped our nation.  A strong emphasis is placed on helping your prepare for your role as an involved citizen.  By following current events you will learn to think critically about and begin to understand the United States’ involvement in world affairs. The second half of the year is an introduction to economics. You will develop a deeper understanding of the forces that shape our economy and economic decisions. Frequent writing assignments will help develop your skills in preparation for the CAPT test.

Textbooks

Civics, Participating in Government, Prentice Hall
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