GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME SHAWN
"you know, children were one of the reasons my wife and i split up. she didn’t think i wanted any. she was wrong." (1.08) // "look at how beautiful she is!” (8.07)
- Fanny Price, Mansfield Park (Jane Austen)
Stephanie told me I could comment on her post, so I just thought I would! Haha! But this post is going to be long because I want to just offer all my thoughts :)
AP Gov: This class is all reading quizzes — there’s hardly ever any written homework, and if there is, it’s easy to complete. There is also only one real group project, and it’s not even that stressful.
Occasionally, you may even get two RQs a week (I think one time we may have had three). But they’re fairly simple and straightforward, as long you read the chapter, or at the very least took some time to familiarize yourself with the bolded vocab/photo captions/main ideas. If you don’t slack off, your scores on the RQs will (I think) generally be pretty high.
The tests were harder, and I did get a couple of lower scores. But he does offer test corrections! I only realized later (after a friend lent it to me) that the Crash Course guide really helps. If you’re taking the class, BUY IT!!! AND READ IT!!!
As for class atmosphere, you won’t get much group interaction, if you like that. It’s almost all lectures. But it’s okay to have your laptop out, he’s not unreasonable, and it’s a mellow class.
Reg. Econ: As I said, AP Gov has only one group project. This is NOT the case in regular Econ (as I was told many, many times and am now experiencing for myself). There’s a weekly group activity almost every week, and on a few block days you’ll have what he calls a mini-activity. If you get a good group, you’ll bond with them and create a few projects, but you may only select one person to be a guaranteed partner (he randomly matches pairs to make a group of four).
Because there are SO many group projects, he doesn’t have an awful lot of lecture days, though on the days there are you can also have your laptop/phone/food out, if you care about that sort of thing. And the quizzes/tests are easy to pass — all the information is given to you in the notes, and you don’t need to burden yourself studying. It’s a good senior class!
Overall, I recommend taking one AP and one regular (so you can challenge yourself AND take a break) and though I’m biased, I think AP Gov/Reg. Econ works well.