Government classes explore the nature of what it means to be an active participant in our democracy, the foundations of and struggles to attain rights as citizens, and our ability to foment change in our government. Classes may do a Civic Action Project called CAP (http://www.crfcap.org/). In teams, students think about our community and its problems and challenges. Students choose a problem and/or issue that interests them and then they complete five civic actions to address it. Their goal is to learn the steps needed to make change in our community. Examples of civic actions include conducting surveys and interviews, writing blogs and informing others of the problem/solution, emailing elected officials and attending city council and school board meetings. Some of the problems that students choose include bullying, obesity, animal cruelty, gang violence, teen pregnancy, and underage drinking.
In Economics, students may learn not just the theories of economics (e.g., supply and demand, scarcity), but also practical applications of economics to their daily lives. Students participate in the “How to Make a Living” project, which asks them to find a job they could attain with relatively little experience, and then budget for an apartment, food, clothing, vehicle, utilities, and other expenses, using real-life data (e.g., prices from local grocery stores) to determine their expenses. Students will also analyze the controversies over free trade, minimum wage, healthcare costs and public assistance.