Presidential Politics Blog: from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s

by Dennis Jenkins

VAMPY reaches the half-way point of camp tomorrow, and we have been very busy in Presidential Politics during our second week of class. On Monday, students role-played the 1984 election, examined the presidency of Ronald Reagan, and began their research for their Mount Rushmore project. We also role-played a court case from the Reagan years. Today in class students created posters for the 1988 presidential election, and students watched their peers participate in a debate between Governor Michael Dukakis and Vice-President George H.W. Bush during the 1988 election. We also watched campaign commercials about the candidates and part of the actual debate. Students then watched a short clip over the legacy of the Bush years from 1989 to 1992 and examined political satire during the George H.W. Bush administration.

Additionally, students went to the computer lab to continue their research for their study hall project for who they think should be on Mount Rushmore. We also analyzed the historical ranking of the George H. W. Bush presidency and examined three court cases that took place during the early 1990s. The last part of the class saw students pretend they were on the Supreme Court as they discussed the case Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Department of Health, 1990.

Tonight in study hall students will continue working on their Mount Rushmore project.