Our Wisconsin charter school uses scientific research and project-based learning as the focus of our curriculum. Project learning is based on a constructivist model of learning that engages you in real-world scholarly activity because you get to chose topics that interest you.
Looking into the 2012 Elections
Posted on November 26, 2012 by Molly Dexter
This year Mr. Forseth, Esau, Jackson, Lydia and I, all being interested in politics, decided to do a project on the 2012 elections. We had four political discussions led by Mr. Forseth, one after each presidential debate and one after the election. Mr. Forseth encouraged us to go on the website politifacts during or after each debate. Politifacts is an unbiased website that basically dissects everything each candidate says during the debates. I went on politifacts after each debate, and I was blown away by all of the half-truths or downright lies told by both candidates. It amazes me that that is allowed in politics. I suppose all we can do is educate ourselves thoroughly and be able to see through the lies and attack ads. After the election, we wrote a paper on what we learned, our personal opinions on the elections, and what we thought about our discussions. It was interesting because each of us has slightly differing political views, but when discussing the debates we were all able to agree on how we thought they went for the most part. We usually agreed on who we thought "won", who was more poised, and who answered which questions best, which I really liked because that showed that we were all able to watch the debates without much bias. In my opinion, being able to think and see without bias is very important during elections, because even if you are strongly associated with one party, maybe a candidate that represents your party will come along that you do not agree with or like as a person. I have been interested and involved in politics since I was young, so I really enjoyed being able to discuss the debates and the outcome of the election with people who have don't necessarily have the same views as me. It is intellectually challenging and fun for me to try my best to see things from other people's perspectives, so this project was a lot of fun for me and I think everyone else enjoyed it as well.
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