Make Hay While the Sun Shines

Make Hay While the Sun Shines

The title may be cliche, but I can think of nothing truer about homeschooling.  You have to grab the opportunities (for learning) as they come.  And man, they are coming fast and furious!

I am, of course, referring to our new President and everything that has occurred in this past year or two.  I know I am about to step into  a minefield, but I will try to stay as nonpolitical as I can.  The good news is, the news cycle is brimming with opportunities for learning, especially in the area of American Government.  All we have to do is  pay a little attention.

If you should find yourself at a loss for topics to cover in American Government, here are just a few that spring to mind:

  • What’s the difference between the popular vote and the electoral college vote?  Or as my son so aptly put it , “Why do we have an electoral college anyway?”
  • How do we keep secrets secret in government?  Is a person who tells a secret a whistle-blower, or a traitor?
  • How should people in government use the instantaneous media of today?  Are concerns today different than in the past?
  • What’s an executive order and how does it differ from a law?  Why have Obama and Trump signed so many?
  • When we talk about “equal protection” under the constitution, who is protected and who is not? Why?
  • Why are there three branches of government, and is any one more important than another?
  • What would your student look for in a Supreme Court Justice, if it was his or her choice to make?
  • Who is “the press” today, and what is its role  in our society?  Is it doing its job well?
  • What kinds of logical fallacies should we look for in news, social media, and governmental  or political communications to avoid being fooled?  Should we believe everything we hear?

I know there will be students out there who will greet these questions with a yawn.  But at least you won’t run out of material.  That is the beauty of living in interesting times.

Happy learning!

Andrea

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