Christian Carpenter

Christian Carpenter Clinton Township, United States of America High school Social Studies teacher since 2001, covering primarily Civics (American Goverment) and Economics courses

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Clintondale High School

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Civics -- Week 1, Part B
Our laws grow out of common values and beliefs in two ways: through rules written by legislatures and through decisions made by judges. Both of these sources of law have a long history, and both have played an important role in the development of American law. Laws change over time. Some change because people's values change. Others disappear because they are out of date or fail to deal adequately with new developments. The laws that last are those that are seen as fair and understandable by the majority of the people. VIDEO OBJECTIVES - Explain how laws made by legislatures differ from guidelines established by judges' decisions - Explore the history and importance of legal codes - Analyze our Constitution and state constitutions as sets of laws - Describe how laws are carried out by government agencies - Explain why laws are sometimes changed
Civics -- Week 1, Part E
Police and other law enforcement agencies, courts, and jails and prisons make up our criminal justice system. Together, their job is to protect people against crime and to find and punish lawbreakers. The criminal justice system, however, faces a major challenge in that it must protect society against those who break the law and yet also must protect the rights of people who have been accused of crimes. Americans often disagree about how to balance these responsibilities. VIDEO OBJECTIVES - Explain the role of police officers - Describe what happens when someone is arrested - Identify the steps in a typical criminal trial - Compare different types of correctional institutions - Examine the challenges facing the criminal justice system - Analyze several proposals for fighting crime
Civics -- Week 1, Part F
Police and other law enforcement agencies, courts, and jails and prisons make up our criminal justice system. Together, their job is to protect people against crime and to find and punish lawbreakers. The criminal justice system, however, faces a major challenge in that it must protect society against those who break the law and yet also must protect the rights of people who have been accused of crimes. Americans often disagree about how to balance these responsibilities. VIDEO OBJECTIVES - Explain the role of police officers - Describe what happens when someone is arrested - Identify the steps in a typical criminal trial - Compare different types of correctional institutions - Examine the challenges facing the criminal justice system - Analyze several proposals for fighting crime
Civics -- Week 1, Part A
Laws are the basic rules of a society. They are enforced by the government to bring order to society, set standards, and facilitate the resolution of serious conflicts. Laws also protect people by safeguarding their lives, their property, and their individual freedoms. Although laws grow out of the morals of the people making them, people sometimes disagree with laws because the laws can go against particular sets of morals. If people want to change a law, our democratic government provides ways to do so. In the meantime, we have a responsibility to each other to live by the laws we have. VIDEO OBJECTIVES - Explain how laws help bring order to society - Describe how laws protect safety, property, and individual freedoms - Explore ways that laws protect society as a whole - Define the common purpose of all laws - Analyze the link between laws and morals
Civics -- Week 3, Part F
The increased life span of the average American and technical advances in medicine have both contributed to the rising cost of healthcare in the United States. Many Americans receive health coverage through their jobs, and the federal government supplements insurance coverage for the poor and for senior citizens. Although several reforms have been suggested and implemented, the strain of the high cost of health care is still proving to be a challenge for the federal government and every American citizen. VIDEO OBJECTIVES - Explain why rising health care costs are a concern for all Americans - Explore the public policy issues behind the health care debate - Describe ways that individuals are helping to improve health care in their communities