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    During the course of the semester, students in Mr. Huesken's 12th Grade Government and Economics class will be required to keep a running journal of topics, questions, and prompts, developed by Mr. H, as a running log of some of the controversial and varied topics we will be discussing in class. The idea behind this project is to foster more independent thinking and classroom debate among students and also present topics that might not fit into a regular lesson.
     
    While student stories, prompts, and topics come from a variety of backgrounds and sources, Mr. Huesken provides a running log of the journal entries below to better ensure students are keeping up with the topics and making up assignments when they are missed. Please click the links below for additional information.
     
     
     

Past Class Journal entries are listed below:

  • Journal Entry #9: The Proper Place of Thomas Jefferson

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, do you think Thomas Jefferson is a hypocrite when it came to the Enlightenment ideals that he popularized? Is he still worthy of rememberance as a great American (or enlightened) Founding Father? Why or why not? Explain. Click the provided link for a refresher on this story from CBS Sunday Morning

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  • Journal Entry #8: Should Everyone in the US Vote?

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, should everyone in the US be allowed and encouraged to vote? Why or why not? Explain." To see more on this topic and the opinion of John Stossel's on this subject, click the title link

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  • Journal Entry #7: Gerrymanding in US Elections

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, why has the practice of gerrymandering been allowed to continue for so long? Could there be a hidden benefit to voters in it." Click the link for our debrief report from The Daily Show with Trevr Noah

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  • Journal Entry #6: Divided America?

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, do you think that America is as divide ideologically as it appears and is this divide healthy for our political system? Why or why not? Explain." Click the link for our debrief report from BBC News

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  • Journal Entry #5: Fast Food Unions?

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, should minimum wage fast food workers be allowed to unionize and negotiate wages / health benefits? Why or why not? Explain." Click the link to see an introductiory news clip from VOA News

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  • Journal Entry #4: The Debt Ceiling

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, has the “debt ceiling” become an obsolete tool of US fiscal policy and, if so, what should we use to replace it? Explain." To see more on the "debt ceiling" and what it means, click the title link to see a report from The Wall Street Journal

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  • Journal Entry #3: Could the Stock Market Be Rigged?

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    Consider the following question: "With the use of high-frequency (online) trading, do you think the Stock Market is something that can be rigged? Why or why not? Explain." Click the video link provided to see more on this story from CNN Money

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  • Journal Entry #2: Wealth Inequality

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    Consider the following questions: "In your opinion, is wealth inequality a problem in your community and do you think government can do anything about it? Why or why not? Explain. To see more on this topic, click the title link to see a video from Harvard School of Economics

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  • Journal Entry #1: Is Price Gouging Wrong?

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    Consider the following question: "In your opinion, is price gouging during a time of natural disaster a good thing? Why or why not?" To see video report for VOA News on this subject, click the title link

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