Mr. Riordan Takes Over!
I have never been more proud as a teacher
Congratulations to my Seniors for placing second in the state.
State Competition @ Rutgers University February 4th, 2013
(you'll find the presentation rubric, score sheet, etc... INCLUDING THE TEXTBOOK COMPANION SITE, here)
How to cite sources links:
"Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action" -George Washington - Respond in 250 Words
Due Monday/Tuesday Sept 24/25
Welcome Seniors to your Final Year in CGI
I am looking forward to working with you all. We will be working hard so that we can improve on last years senior class in the National We the People program. I know most of you and I know your talents and I am confident that we will do well this year.
After the WTP competition, we will be devoting the second half of the year focusing on Constitutional Law and preparing for the AP Government and Politics Exam.
Please make good use of this website. I will post syllabi, homework, papers, class notes and announcements. Also you can e-mail me from here. I will not accept any late work so if you are absent, this website can be a lifesaver.
Course Description: This is the capstone course of the Civics and Government Institute. It combines the Advanced Placement Government and Politics curriculum with the nationally renowned "We the People" curriculum. In so doing, it will provide students with a unique analytic perspective on the foundations and evolution of government and politics in the United States. The course, then, is concerned with the nature of the American political system, its development over the past two hundred plus years, and how it continues to function today. It examines in detail the structure and function of the Constitution, the principal processes and institutions through which the political system functions, and the creation and implementation of public policy.
As a component of the course, some of the students will be involved in a simulated congressional hearing which will allow the students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of Constitutional principles. This hearing will be on a statewide basis, which may lead to the national annual competition in Washington D.C.
Click here to learn more about the "We the People" program.
Natural Rights Philosophy
"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you." ~Pericles (430 BC)
John Stuart Mill
Assignments Coming up...
“Democracy, unchecked rule by the masses, is sure to bring arbitrary redistribution of property, destroying the very essence of liberty” -200 word response to this statement:
"Democracy is the process by which we get ourselves organized to perform capitalism". 250 word response.
Write a 250 word reply to this introduction
Bring your "We the People" book with you everywhere!
Take part in the this EXTRA CREDIT opportunity to help Mr. Wingren decorate the room.
Take a picture of yourself with your "We the People" book somewhere interesting, funny or odd and hand it in.
Classical Republicanism & Natural Rights... An American Recipe.
What important principle was Washington acknowledging when he resigned his commission at the end of the Revolution?
Which is which?
Classical Republicanism vs. Natural Rights Philosophy
Who were the founding fathers? And, do we admire them? Put your gloves on people!
The Common Good. Is that Possible?
We Borrowed More than Just Ideas!
Articles of Confederation
19th Century Sentiment. Have we taken it too literally?
Enter your name, but you don't need to write anything for profile.
Democracy in Action
Links of Democracy in Action:
African Americans of the United States Congress
What did they really do at the Philadelphia Convention?
What were their intentions and for whom?
Did these people intend to create the country that we have today?
What led them to this?
Did "the people" have a say?
What about the "Founding Mothers"?
Which is it?
Bill of Rights
"The Declaration of rights is like all other human blessings alloyed with some inconveniences...But the good in this instance vastly outweighs the evil."
"If we cannot secure all our rights, let us secure what we can."
Letter from Jefferson to James Madison,
dated March 15, 1789
Afghan Women's Bill of Rights
Are we overreacting here?
Establishment Clause, Separation of Church & State and the History of Religion in American Government
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" -US Constitution
Thomas Jefferson argued for "a wall of separation between church and state."
Bill of Rights Under Fire: The Second Amendment
well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State,
Class ID Login
Password: We Will Discuss in Class
Polls and Public Opinion
What's the Matter with Kansas
Intro to American Exceptionalism
American Exceptionalism Essay
Given what you have learned about the premise of American Exceptionalism, explain through a 500 word essay, how the United States have extended the concept from the original belief of deToqueville. Also, include other examples of how "exceptionalism" may have been used as justification for certain actions throughout history. Please use the article, American Exceptionalism : A Double Edged Sword By Seymour Martin Lipset (on web) as a frame of reference.
Due: Friday April 27th
The American Political Landscape
January 17th, 2013