• What is Government?

    The Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet Government Program gives students a unique opportunity to become change makers in their community. Students in this program develop a deep understanding of the complexities of the American political system. In addition, they are given a grounding in political philosophy, international politics, executive and legislative politics, and constitutional law. The program aims to train future leaders who will have a positive, meaningful impact on their communities and around the globe.

    The Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet Government Program prioritizes college and career readiness and its rigorous coursework emphasizes Project-based Learning experiences and 21st century skills. The program gives students a strong foundation of knowledge on the American political system, with a special emphasis on municipal and state government issues. The knowledge students gain in the program can be applied to a variety of careers in political science, international studies, government service, journalism, economics, law, the humanities, and business.

    The Government Program curriculum recognizes that students must master a range of diverse skills in preparation for success in a rapidly changing, digital society. The skills cultivated in the program are associated with deep learning, which focuses on the mastery of skills such as analytic reasoning, complex problem solving, and teamwork.

    Mayoral Debate

    More specifically, the Government Program curriculum fosters the following essential skills:

    • Critical thinking
    • Creativity
    • Collaboration
    • Communication
    • Information literacy
    • Media literacy
    • Technology literacy
    • Flexibility
    • Leadership
    • Initiative
    • Productivity