Wednesday, October 29, 2008
*Service Learning students interview seniors at local retirement home about politics and upcoming presidential election
Shoreline Community College students are interviewing residents at the Four Freedoms Retirement Home about the evolution of American politics, how political presidential campaigns have changed since WWII, and, naturally, the upcoming presidential election. They are talking about their perspectives, their experiences and memories of earlier presidential elections and the voting process.
The students are talking to an interesting cast of characters – one gentleman was a journalist who worked with Tom Brokaw, one is a Vietnam vet, and one woman was an active Black Panther, even changing her name to support the movement.
These students are enrolled in a new political science/U.S. History class called “The Road to the White House: Election 2008.” Taught by Professors Kenny Lawson and Terry Taylor, the chief objective of this course is to examine the practices and institutions that govern the political system in the U.S. in a critical way with thoughtful evaluation. The purpose is to help students develop a deeper understanding of their own (and others’) convictions about the political, economic, and socio-cultural institutions that govern our lives.