The Future of our Nation is in Good Hands
I thought you all might like to see some of the 08 Election Essay answers from Oakridge Seniors. Their answers indicate a very informed electorate. We should all be pleased that these young people will become the future guardians of those civil liberties embodied within the pages of the Constitution.
First, a little about the question. In a nutshell – students were to choose either John McCain or Barack Obama as their president. The choice was irrelevant in grading. It was the supports that mattered. For the supports, students were to choose four and write an essay explaining each. The only requirement of the support essays was that each had to stay consistent to the candidate they selected. (IE…if a student chose Senator McCain for president each of the four essays had to support their preference for Senator McCain.)
Research for these essay answers was based on “The Model UN” study. All of the research on the issues was independent student driven study. Students had three weeks of group and independent study focusing on the following campaign issues: Health Care, The Economy, Foreign Policy, Iraq War, Energy, Economy, Immigration, Homeland Security, Education, Abortion, and Gay Rights. Students divided themselves into six groups. Their independent study was in preparation for a pre-election week of Issue Debates. The debates (Oct 27 to Oct 31) featured six issue captains in front of the class – each student provided a 2:00 minute opening statement of the issue selected for that day. Students were to define the issue and assess in brief each candidates’ position concerning that issue. The remainder of the class period was filled Q & A on the featured issue.
We did however run into one problem. On day one we covered Health Care and Economy. We realized that a half hour was not enough time for such significant issues, so the rest of the week we took on one issue per day. Tuesday – Iraq. Wednesday – Energy. Thursday – Environment. Friday – Education.
Which brings us to this Election 08 Exam on the Issues. Students chose the candidate who they wished to define. Students chose their four supporting issues. Students had 1:20 to complete the test. Students had no idea of the testing format – only that they would have an exam on the issues. No notes were allowed. The following are PDF essay selections from that exam. Please take a look, I think you’ll feel good about the OHS Class of 09 and more confident in the future of our nation.
The Test – Guidelines for the Exam.
Please read Oakridge Seniors’ Essays on the Issues of the Election of 2008 – These are all in PDF form…merely click the appropriate name.
- Jamie Midkiff’s essay on Education
- Sam Ferrier’s essay on Education
- Angelina Mosher’s essay on Health Care
- Angelina Mosher’s essay on Foreign Policy
- Brittany Winter’s essay on Iraq
- Rhea Taylor’s essay on Iraq
- Chad Barnaby’s essay on Iraq
- Crystal Davis’ essay on Abortion
- Sophelia Alviar’s essay on Immigration
- Corey Swanson’s essay on Energy
- Becca Hall’s essay on Energy
- Tyler Darnell’s essay on Energy
- Sam Smith’s essay on Energy
- Jamie Midkiff’s essay on the VP candidates
- Corey Swanson’s essay on Barack Obama’s charisma
- Charity Wilde’s essay on Barack Obama’s roots
- Lexi Ickies essay on Barack Obama’s background
- Brittany Vanderlaan’s essay on John McCain’s age