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Students hear from both parties

Posted: November 13, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 13, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Trinity 12th grade U.S. government teacher Chris Leigh moderates a debate between Michael Kulka, president of the Democratic Alliance for Action and Lynn Haueter, chair of the Republican Party of Los Angeles.

 

The Trinity Classical Academy 12th grade United States government class, taught by Chris Leigh, assisted by Liz Caddow, had the opportunity to hear from both sides of our political spectrum in a spirited debate featuring leaders from both the Democratic and Republican viewpoint, less than a week before election day.

The discussion centered around the role of the federal government in U.S. society and the class welcomed Michael Kulka, president of the Democratic Alliance for Action and Lynn Haueter, the chairwoman of the Republican Party of Los Angeles.

After a brief opening statement outlining the essential philosophy of each party, Leigh got the proceedings underway asking the representatives about everything from their party’s view on the primary role of government, entitlements for the less fortunate, healthcare and foreign affairs. Students heard about the different philosophies of each of the parties and other issues and how each party chooses to address those challenges facing the United States.

The Trinity students asked very insightful questions on everything from how to ensure how tax dollars are used effectively to how the military is funded.

Students received a very clear picture of the contrast of Republicans and Democrats on these major issues.

Throughout the discussion, one of the most important lessons Trinity students could learn about American politics was vividly demonstrated by both Kulka and Haueter that despite political differences, civil and thoughtful discourse is the bedrock of society and essential to a thriving representative republic.

It is in the sharing of divergent ideas that we come to a better understanding of what we indeed believe for ourselves and how to best participate in the political process.

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