“I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion.”
– Thomas Jefferson
The goal of this course is for Cadets to understand the general forms of government that exist in the world, the differences between core political theory, and then understand the evolution of the American Form of Government – as studied through our “Founding Documents.” The second term focuses on the structure and makeup of the U.S. Government and concludes with the responsibilities of American Citizens.
KEY NOTE: In order to graduate high school in the State of Utah, a student must pass a “Citizenship Test,” consisting of 50 multiple-choice questions, taken from the Utah Government website. A passing score is 70% (35 questions correct). Taking and passing this exam is part of this course as well.
The course is divided into
Unit 1 – Forms of Government
Unit 2 – Documents of Freedom
Unit 3 – American Government
*Civic Duty Assignment
During the First Term Cadets will be expected to attend a “civic” event illustrating the role of government, and complete a handout relating to it. Examples include city council meetings, schoolboard meetings, legislative sessions, committee meetings, and more. An official “class trip” to Riverdale’s City Council Meeting will be organized, but Cadets are not required to attend that specific one – just a single one during the term.
Direct any questions to CPT Curtis at firstname.lastname@example.org