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Studying AP U.S. Government
Volume 115, Program 31
4/1/2013
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Learning about American government is an exciting as well as important opportunity for students enrolled in Patrick Henry College Preparatory Academy’s AP U.S. Government course. Today, on Home School Heartbeat, course master teacher Dr. Frank Guliuzza, explains why, with our host Mike Smith.

Mike Smith:
Dr. Frank Guliuzza, Patrick Henry College professor and master teacher of AP U.S. Government at PHC Prep Academy, joins us today. Welcome, Dr. Guliuzza!

Dr. Guliuzza:
Thank you, Mike, it’s a pleasure to be here.

Mike:
Why do you think it’s really important for high school students to learn about the history, the principles, and structure of American government?

Dr. Guliuzza:
Well, Mike, today it’s trendy to talk about America becoming smarter in things like math and science, and that’s certainly true, but it’s absolutely imperative that we continue to learn about and from our history. It’s essential that Americans know what’s in the Constitution and how our government can and should operate. Otherwise, citizens will not be able to play their part in holding leaders accountable. For instance, in the past 15 years we’ve had an impeachment; a presidential election where the popular winner lost the electoral college; the Supreme Court declared gun ownership to be an individual liberty, while some elected officials are in a rush to take that right away. Hooray for math and science, but I don’t know that there’s been a more critical time for future leaders to develop expertise in the workings of our constitutional government.

Mike:
Dr. Guliuzza, I agree with you. This subject is very important for every informed citizen, and thank you for sharing that with us today. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.


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