A history of Skyline

Your job today, Friday, April 24th, is to plan out a history of Skyline High School.  Here are the instructions:

The Issaquah School Board has empowered you and your classmates to create a proposal for a soon-to-be-produced history of Skyline High School.  The Board wants a history that will help both incoming Freshmen and families moving into the district be successful as students at Skyline High School.  With this in mind, you will need to consider several things:

  • What should the purpose of the history be?
  • What should be presented?  What will the content be?
  • What central theme (if any) should be included?  Why is that theme significant?
  • What are the needs of the target audience(s) above?
  • What medium will be best?  What format should this history take?
  • What scope should the history include?  Skyline opened in the fall of ’97…
  • What sequence should be used?  Chronological?  Thematic?
  • All the while, please note (write down in your notes) what the challenges are?
    • (What are the problems of knowledge associated with this challenge?)

The product of your efforts today – both your answers to the questions above – will go into your journal in this handwritten form.  You also have homework.  On Monday, you should arrive at class with.

  • your journal assembled, all items dated, completed, and in chronological order
  • your updated/more polished draft of the “Challenges of the Historian” printed out and uploaded to turnitin.com
  • an improved written proposal for what a history of Skyline should look like [<800 words]
  • a sampling of your history – with the appropriate narration – in your journal [<400 words] your narration should be consistent with your philosophy.
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Thursday, February 26th – Views on the economy

You are responsible for working today to track your own progress.  Please open up the document that you started yesterday and return to the website at the Pew research center.  Consider your results.  Write responses to the following questions into the same document that your results are in.

  1. What seems most shocking about your results?  Did the test confirm what you already believed?  Why is that?
  2. When you read the description of the profile for your political views, what seems most accurate?  What seems most off-base?
  3. Read the descriptions for other groups.  Are you in the group that is ‘right’ for you?  Are you in the group you hope(d) to be in?  Explain.
  4. Read the more elaborate explanation – “Beyond Red vs. Blue…”- comparing people’s responses to the questions.  What did you learn?  Write and elaborate – use examples where appropriate.
  5. Compare the typology groups on the various issues.  What seems most interesting? How does this data alter your view about the political landscape?
  6. Compare the data in the responses to the questions.  Does the explanation validate the findings?  Does data give them merit?  Is this an accurate way to know someone’s political views?

Now that you’ve done some initial research into the political assumptions you have, read and consider the breakdown of responses regarding government, write a thoughtful response to this question:

7.  Given what you’ve now know about paradigms (thanks to Kuhn), what impact will an individual’s political views have when they consider a question like: What fiscal policy would you promote (regarding taxes) if you were a presidential candidate for the 2016 presidential election?  To what degree should we work to change individual’s values before we tackle the simpler question of ‘what should we do about taxes?’

8.  Let’s look now at the ways the area of knowledge History will play in this exploration.  Consider your views and the views of others about Trust in Government. What could be done to change these views?  What should be done?  Why is that necessary?  Read this article from 2013 regarding a decline in Trust in government.  Link to and explore the interactive on Public Trust in Government.  What do you learn?  What are the implications of what you’re learning?  What does it suggest about recent presidents?  About the role of historical events as factors that influence individual perspectives?

9.   As you get deeper into the interactive, consider the presentation of the data itself.  What is significant about this particular tool as a way to know something about individual attitudes about government?  How does the presentation of data influence its interpretation?  Its value? Its interpretation?

Hopefully, you can do a thoughtful job today in class.  Hopefully, too, you are productive.  I would expect thoughtful, productive, and focused learners to complete questions 1-6 and begin a written explanation of question 7 by the end of the period today, Thursday, February 26th.  While there is no homework, you will need to save your written progress and be prepared to submit it in written form if asked to do so.  In the meantime, keep it in digital form and work diligently to explore the issues.  Tomorrow, we will continue from where you left off.