U.S. Government – course description

Grade/Age: 9th–12th
Dates: Aug 16, 2022 – May 2, 2023—Tues
Period: 08:00 AM – 09:15 AM
Instructor: Rev. Lee Johnson

Textbook: 8 Ways to Run the Country – Brian Patrick Mitchell

ISBN#: 0894554409
Copy Fee: none
Instructor: Mick Lindgren

What is government? Where did it come from? Why do we have it? Why do we need it? I want my students to be able to ask the right questions. The first step in understanding anything is to know which questions to ask so that you can have any hope of finding the right answers.
They need to know on what presuppositions our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution rest – both Biblical and extra-biblical. They need to understand natural rights and natural law and how these may be known.
What rights do you have as an American citizen and where did they come from? What powers does the government have and where did they come from? And how do the two relate and interact?
These questions are important not just for high school government class but also for how we live our lives. It is the goal of this class to answer, or at least attempt to answer, these and many more questions about life, liberty and our pursuit of happiness. We will also define different types of government and compare and contrast with the American system.
This class will be highly interactive and participatory. There will be weekly homework (mostly from the weekly reading assignment), occasional quizzes, and at least one, more or less, comprehensive paper. If you are interested in government, politics, history, debate, or even just simple questions like “What is the meaning of life?”, this class will have something for you.

Required text books:
An Easy-to-Understand Guide for Defeating Darwinism by Opening Minds – Phillip E. Johnson
Worldviews in Conflict – Choosing Christianity in a World of Ideas – Ronald Nash
Eight Ways to Run the Country – A New and Revealing Look at Left and Right – Brian Patrick Mitchell
Applying the Bill of Rights to Real Cases – You Decide! – George Smith & Alene Smith

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