Memorization is no longer a good measure of intellectual capability, therefore my class structure does not focus on the regurgitation of information. Instead we will focus on the analysis of historical events; the reasons and philosophy behind landmark political decisions, alternative solutions, and creating arguments based on facts and reflection. This maybe a shift in the way one thinks about American history class, but it is necessary to develop analytical skills as well as creating sound arguments in debates.

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low and achieving our goal.”

— Michelangelo


We can not understand present situations without studying the past. One of humanity's greatest gifts is recording information so that future generations can benefit from shared knowledge. When civilizations began recording documents there was tremendous social, political, and cultural growth. It's taken thousands of years for this information to disseminate to the general public and we must use it wisely to create a better future for our communities.

“The past is a source of knowledge and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future.”

— Stephen Ambrose