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Making Civics Real Workshop 7: Controversial Public Policy Issues  
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Student Perspectives: Hands-on learning

Becky: Being a senior, there are a ton of books I have to read. There are a ton of worksheets I have to fill out and a ton of textbooks I’m reading. I know it for the test and it’s gone. But I know in about two weeks, I’ll be able to tell you about the constitutional law and how I argued in front of the Supreme Court and I had to know it. It provides a personal experience. People remember stuff from personal experiences better. I can look back and say, “Hey, remember when I was learning about racial profiling? Well, I researched this, and that’s what I remember.”

Joseph: I think it’s helpful. It’s not just filling out a worksheet. We could have just typed up an essay or something on how we felt [about racial profiling]. When you do something like this, it gets your brain going, and I think it helps the learning process because you’re doing it in a group, and it’s a lot [more fun] than doing [a] paper. It does seem like it’s a lot easier when you’re doing it with other people.

Robin: It’s really interactive. It’s us discussing with our other classmates our opinions, and that makes it more interesting because you get to see what everyone else thinks and kind of relate your own thoughts with them. It teaches what people of different races might think or feel in a specific situation instead of just imagining how you would feel yourself. It puts a realistic spin on things. Just reading a book doesn’t always get your attention so much. It seems kind of out there, not something that you really would experience but when you talk about these issues and you see that it’s affecting people in their real lives, it kind of gets you to realize that it’s happening in your own life, too. Then it’s pretty interesting.


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