This past week I truly felt the effects of taking this online AP Government class. Personally, I know I’ve learned an extensive amount of information that has provided me with a better understanding of current events in the United States and the world and has prepared me to take the AP test in May, but in my day-to-day life, I hadn’t applied the knowledge attained through this course up until two weeks ago.
One of the perks of going to a small prestigious all-girls school in Hawaii is the endless amount of opportunities that are available for the students, which is similar to my experience at an online school for girls. All-girls’ schools provide an intimate learning environment that isn’t offered at many coed schools. For example, my school in Hawaii has a close connection with the YWCA of Oahu CEO, so the senior class was invited to participate in the YWCA of Oahu’s Women’s History Month Series. The Women’s History Month Series is a new program at the YWCA that aims to celebrate and inform women on significant issues regarding women through informational sessions. The topics of these sessions include currently debated topics women’s such as reproductive rights, women’s voting rights, women in the workplace, and women in the military. Each session also provides information on the history of each topic and an update on the current day status.
The topics of the first two sessions of the Women’s History Month Series were women’s reproductive rights and voting rights, a topic that I am well informed of because it was covered during a previous unit of AP Government, “Civil Liberties and Civil Rights.” In the sessions, I found myself being better informed than my peers and even many of the businesswomen who were also attending because of what I had learned in this class. I was especially interested in the session on reproductive rights because I had done a presentation on the controversial Roe v. Wade court case, so I could be more engaged in the lesson. The speaker covered other court cases that I recognized from class such as Griswold v. Connecticut and Maher v. Roe. Many of my classmates did not understand how important court cases are to government and history, so this section did not enthrall them.
Even though we’ve only completed three units so far in AP Government, I’ve begun to find that it has made me more aware and knowledgeable of current events and history.
Here is a video of the women’s reproductive rights session: http://vimeo.com/37775831