Through this course, students learn that democracy, among the most fragile of human enterprises, is always a work in progress and can only remain vital through the active, thoughtful, and responsible participation of its citizens. Its ideals of freedom, equality, and justice require constant vigilance and sustenance. Students will explore the question of how a society heals and rebuilds after extraordinary division and trauma using the Reconstruction Era as a primary example.

The African American Studies course offers students a critical opportunity to exercise their capacity for emotional growth and ethical judgment as they connect their learning to the issues and the choices faced in their own world and the world of the future.

Charlotte Woosley - Social Studies Teacher, Method Schools