History curriculum expands to global studies

By Melissa Moore

AP Comparative Government and Current Global Issues, both taught by history chair Daniel Jewett, were new additions to the history curriculum this year.

According to junior Casey Weld, who takes AP Comparative Government, the class is slightly hectic yet enjoyable.

“It’s interesting to learn about the world,” Weld said.

AP Comparative Government prepares students for the AP test by comparing different politics and governments of six different countries, Jewett said. These countries, selected by the AP Comparative Government curriculum, are China, Russia, Nigeria, Britain, Mexico, and Iran.

“Since the class is new, we’re still figuring out the curriculum,” Weld said.

The class of 12 is divided into two groups of six, senior Olivia Rice said. Two class members study each country, so each group has one member from each nation. Students then blog about current events occurring in their countries.

“I really like it,” Rice said, “Mr. Jewett is the best.”

According to Jewett, it has been a challenge to contrive a completely new curriculum; however, the foundation has been set for students to teach each other through the blogs.

“Though it was last minute, I hope for it to become more popular in coming years,” Jewett said.

Current Global Issues is the honors version of AP Comparative Government, he said. The countries studied, however, are different. Students in Current Global Issues selected their nations, which are China, Afghanistan, Japan, North Korea, Australia, Nigeria, and Mexico.

“Since there is no AP test, we have more liberty to focus on events and countries students are interested in,” Jewett said.

“I’m excited to learn more about this country [USA] and others,” Weld said.