Conservative vs Liberal Beliefs
Students will be able to assess the similarities and differences between liberal and conservative view points.
Students will be able to evaluate the criteria to decide what makes up liberal or conservative beliefs.
As we begin our unit over Ronald Reagan if there was one word we could use to explain the beliefs that Reagan championed during his presidency and life it would have to be "conservative". I can almost picture some of the faces in my classroom right now as I use that term and others like "right, left, and liberal". Usually using such words and terms would automatically make many people reach for the off button and shut down and here lies the reason for our next lesson.
Many students have no idea what it mean to be on the "left" or "right" of the political spectrum. They also don't have any idea of the political ideologies that exist in today's political landscape. As the school year progresses it will be become increasingly important that student have a working understating of political ideologies and how they apply to certain topics.
That is where this unit over Ronald Reagan will begin. Students will use the link button below and take a quiz to figure out where they stand on issues in the United States. As they go through the quiz they will not know if the issue is a liberal or conservative one. At the end of the quiz they will get there results telling them where there political ideologies lean toward. Once they have completed this they are to examine StudentNewsDaily.com: Conservative vs. Liberal Beliefs hand out to finally figure out what liberals and conservatives believe.
Finally, we need to understand the outline of these terms because they get used all the time in american politics. In fact it would be hard to talk about politics without them.
Ronald Reagan whose presidency is a touchstone for the modern conservative movement. It is virtually impossible for a major Republican politician to succeed without citing Reagan as a role model. But much of what today's voters think they know about the 40th president is more myth than reality, misconceptions resulting from the passage of time or from calculated attempts to rebuild or remake Reagan's legacy. So, what are we getting wrong about the Gipper?