What makes the format of this course so unique?
This class will meet in an all-day, Friday format for seven weeks and make extensive use of trips to government buildings. Specifically, Frederick City Hall, Winchester Hall, District Court, Circuit Court, Annapolis Statehouse, Capitol Hill, and the Supreme Court.
What type of student is the course designed for?
This is a course for any student in any major. It will teach first-hand how government works, who their leaders are, what their power and scope of responsibly is, and where policy and issues begin and end with each level of government. Rather than learn from the history books, students will learn from the people who make history.
How does your background make you uniquely qualified to lead the course?
I not only serve in the Maryland General Assembly, I have personal and professional relationships with leaders at all levels of government—municipal, city, county, state, and federal. I can get access to leaders, staff, and buildings to hold class in the places where issues are debated, decisions are made, and where laws are enacted/enforced/adjudicated.
What inspired you to design a course of this nature?
Too many people today are disconnected from their government and unaware how decisions are made that affect their lives, families, and finances. How they can use their land, exercise their rights, and work to make change. A college classroom is abstract and distant from where all of this happens. I am in a position to bring the government to the classroom and the classroom to the government.
What should students expect when they sign up for this course?
Students should expect to spend seven Fridays immersed in their government. They should expect to meet outside the college classroom and be prepared to get up and out early on at least two of those Fridays to spend the day in Annapolis and Washington DC.
What do you hope students will gain from taking this course as opposed to a more traditional government course?
Students will meet the people who are their elected leaders, they will sit in the buildings and rooms where decisions are made that change their lives. Those students fortunate enough to be able to take this class will be given an opportunity to experience government like few citizens will ever have the chance to do.