Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Behaviors not goals!

I love goal setting!  I truly believe you need to set goals for your self!  And work towards them.  You cannot just get what you want by saying it.  You need to work hard!  And there are always people out there who are willing to work harder!  I love this speaker's approach.  You need to focus on your behaviors to achieve your goals!  This is real insight!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

APUSH Tidbits


Thomas Jefferson and John Adams die

On this day in 1826, former Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, who were once fellow Patriots and then adversaries, die on the same day within five hours of each other.
Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were the last surviving members of the original American revolutionaries who had stood up to the British empire and forged a new political system in the former colonies. However, while they both believed in democracy and life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, their opinions on how to achieve these ideals diverged over time.
Adams preceded Jefferson as president (1797-1800); it was during this time that their ideas about policy-making became as distinct as their personalities. The irascible and hot-tempered Adams was a firm believer in a strong centralized government, while the erudite and gentile Jefferson believed federal government should take a more hands-off approach and defer to individual states’ rights. As Adams’ vice president, Jefferson was so horrified by what he considered to be Adams’ abuse of the presidency–particularly his passage of the restrictive Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798–that he abandoned Adams and Washington for his estate at Monticello. There, he plotted how to bring his Republican faction back into power in the presidential election of 1800. After an exceptionally bitter campaign, in which both parties engaged in slanderous attacks on each other in print, Jefferson emerged victorious. It appeared the former friends would be eternal enemies.
After serving two presidential terms (1801-1809), Jefferson and Adams each expressed to third parties their respect the other and their desire to renew their friendship. Adams was the first to break the silence; he sent Jefferson a letter dated January 1, 1812, in which he wished Jefferson many happy new years to come. Jefferson responded with a note in which he fondly recalled when they were fellow laborers in the same cause. The former revolutionaries went on to resume their friendship over 14 years of correspondence during their golden years.
On July 4, 1826, at the age of 90, Adams lay on his deathbed while the country celebrated Independence Day. His last words were Thomas Jefferson still survives. He was mistaken: Jefferson had died five hours earlier at Monticello at the age of 82.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Colonial Unity

I want my students to think like  historians! When talking about the American Revolution - many historians wonder when colonial unity happened?  For the colonists to win they had to be united!  They defeated the greatest military power in the world at that time (1783).  

Many point to the Albany Plan during the French and Indian War.  Under Mercantilism the colonies got free protection from England.  They never had to protect themselves.  They were not trained or ready, but now the war is being fought in their own back yard.  Could they defend themselves?  Albany Plan is called to help unite the colonies.  There Ben Franklin introduces his Join or Die Cartoon.  Telling the colonies they must unite, or die!  The snake  represents the colonies.  At that moment the were in pieces  and they needed to come together!

It worked because they won!  But then the Road to the Revolution happened!  To what extent were they united?  Upset with England definitely brought them together, but they were divided on what they wanted to accomplish.  The central question was could the colonies govern themselves?  A great scene from The Patriot debates whether they should declare independence?  Mel Gibson quotes Mather Boyles, "Is it better to be ruled by one tyrant 3,000 miles away, or 3,000 tyrants  one mile a way?" 

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Articles Of Confederation to Constitution

This is a great overview of the Articles to the Constitution.  Watch this!

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Government Movies

Yesterday I saw a great movie about spies during the cold war.  It was great story telling, and so beautifully filmed!  I  predict it will be nominated for an Oscar - maybe even win.  Bridges of Spies.

Ultimately it asked a great question for America, and  our legal system.  Tom Hanks plays an attorney defending  a Soviet Spy.  The whole country wants to hang him, and assume he is guilty.  Hanks  wants to give him a fair trial - innocent until proven guilty.  America is hard!  We say everyone gets their rights, but sometimes we don't want to give them their rights.  But we have to!  Below is a speech from the movie - American President.  The president talks about how hard America is.


Before the movie  started - I saw some great upcoming trailers:

This is all about how to win elections.  It will most likely provide great insight.

This is about the economic recession in 2008.  It makes me think about the role of the government and economics.  Are they suppose to protect us from moments like these?

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Great APUSH Review Site

For you to do well on the APUSH exam - you must work outside the classroom!  You cannot just show up to class and listen.  That is not enough!  There is so much out there online to help you.  I found a great site to help you!  There is wisdom, content, and videos!

Tolerance for all!

I believe in equality for all!  If you do not agree with someone, or their religion that is fine.  But that does not give us the right to deny rights, or discriminate.  All religions are beautiful, and we cannot let the actions of a few crazies let us judge a whole  faith!  That is so unfair!  One natural right we have in this country is Freedom of Religion!

This makes my heart smile!

I used to cry every time, but I still get goosebumps!

We are all human!  We need to remember that!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

We take America For Granted

I heard this speech this weekend, and it spoke to me!  The two main cops from Dragnet are talking to two teenagers who want to start a new country.  They remind them about the country they live in!  It is not perfect, but better than most!  They give them situations to ponder!  We have no idea how great we have it!  And it is the responsibility of every generation to make it better for the next!  What amazes me this was almost 40 years ago!  These thoughts from the younger generation never change! 

Thursday, October 8, 2015


Right now on Broadway is a Hip Hop Musical about the life of Hamilton!  I want to see it more than anything.  If I had all the money in the world -  I would hop on a plane, and go see it. Here is a story about the musical:

I am blown away by this!  The fact the creator could look at historical figures, and see this!  Brilliant!  The creator is helping history to come to life, be fun, and relevant!  So smart!  Research this!  Below is the creator describing his vision, and performing the first song:

Friday, October 2, 2015

An AMAZING Opportunity!

Last week the C.I.A came to Booker T. during Activity Period.  They DO NOT come to schools, but they come to our school because Booker T is known!  They take the tie to come, and tell you about an amazing opportunity!

The C.I.A. has an under grad scholarship.  The requirements are:

You have to be 18 by April
Have a 3.5 GPA

Those are the ones they discussed.  If you get this scholarship you are an employee of the C.I.A.  They pay you $30, 000 a year for going to school.  You get a paycheck every two weeks plus benefits.  Then they pay for college!  Do you get that?!  That is amazing!  There are so many opportunities out there - you just ave to find them!

So if you are a freshman - you know what is expected!  Work hard!  Check out the scholarship online.  Look around!