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Current Events in Context: U.S. Government, Politics & Elections in the News

In this ongoing class, students will learn each week about different aspects of the United States government, politics, and how U.S. elections work, based on events in the news.
Darby Kennedy, MA
77 total reviews for this teacher
16 reviews for this class
Completed by 141 learners
60 minutes
per class
Once per week
every week
year olds
learners per class
per learner

How does an β€œOngoing” course work?

Meets on a weekly schedule, join any week, no need to catch up on previous material
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Automatic payment every Sunday, cancel any time
Great for clubs and for practicing skills

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Next on Tue Aug 16

Meets Once per week
11pm - 12am
Outside 6am-10pm in your local time.
3 learners enrolled

Next on Wed Aug 17

Meets Once per week
3pm - 4pm
5 learners enrolled

Next on Mon Aug 22

Meets Once per week
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Only 2 spots remaining
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Class Experience

Students will learn about U.S. government, civic responsibility, media analysis, and will develop critical thinking skills.
My BA is in History, Political Science and Secondary Education, and my MA is in American Studies. I have several years of experience teaching high school and college students, and have spent the last 4 years teaching United States history, U.S. Government, World History, Human Geography, and Current Events classes in person to homeschooled high school students who are part of a homeschool support group that I founded. I feel strongly that students learn and connect to subject matter material when they can connect it to their daily lives. I strive to help students understand the "so what" about all types of social science subjects. 
There is no homework. However, after each class, students will be given information to pursue additional research about each topic covered in class if they wish.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
In this class, we will discuss a wide variety of current news events. The very nature of current news topics may, on occasion, lead us to discuss difficult topics like war, climate change, migration and refugees, religious or ethnic persecution, LGBTQ+ issues, etc. 


Darby Kennedy, MA
Lives in the United States
Connecting the past and present, meaningfully.
77 total reviews
33 completed classes

About Me

Hello! I am a longtime teacher and a lifelong learner. I am passionate about helping middle and high school students find meaningful connections within the social studies. I strongly believe that learning happens more easily when students see how...Β 
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