JIM MARTIN, staffer for Discovering Democracy IV shares his REFLECTIONS
JIM MARTIN, staffer for Discovering Democracy IV shares his REFLECTIONS. I am happy to post another REFLECTION STATEMENT by a staffer who traveled to Washington, DC with the 4th annual Milton High School Discovering Democracy field study. This sharing is written by JIM MARTIN, school liaison officer at Milton High School.
If you want to review the plans for the 4th annual Discovering Democracy field study, you are welcome to use this link to the Milton Courier story published on Wednesday, March 13, “Students heading to nation’s capital.”
You may be interested to review the REFLECTION STATEMENTS which have already been posted on my WE THE PEOPLE blog. I posted the REFLECTION STATEMENT of founder/director of Discovering Democracy, VAL CROFTS on Thursday, April 18 just before VAL and DD IV students were to be on WCLO’s “YOUR TALK SHOW.” You can use this link to read VAL’s REFLECTION statement, “Discovering Democracy IV Director Val Crofts & students on 'YOUR TALK SHOW' – WCLO (1230 AM) at 10 am tomorrow!”
And then, I was able to post Discovering Democracy IV’s staffer DAN MAYER’s statement on Thursday, May 9, “DAN MAYER, staff for Discovering Democracy shares his REFLECTIONS.”
Jim Martin wrote, “This was my first trip as a staff member on the Discovering Democracy field study. My role however, was not only as part of the staff, but also as a parent. As a staff member and a parent I found the trip very enjoyable but also somewhat challenging. As a parent it was quite a pleasure to watch my son grow intellectually and personally. The challenge, for me was to stand back and allow him to experience all of the benefits of the program and the learning opportunities The Discovering Democracy Field Study has to offer.
“The maturity and professionalism the students displayed during the week in Washington was confirmed and noticed by several adults working and visiting in Washington. While attending a show at The Ronald Reagan Building, I was approached by a woman who was also attending the show. She emphasized how refreshing it was to see high school students dressed and acting so maturely. This was not just a simple comment made in passing, but she actually pulled me aside to tell me this. I also had conversation with a hotel employee, where we stayed, and she expressed to me the difference she saw in our group of students and others she has seen come through the hotel. She extended a gracious invitation for our students to return anytime.
“The hard work and dedication Val Crofts puts into this program is evident for anyone who experiences this trip first hand. The group followed a very intense but well balanced itinerary of scheduled interviews with top level government officials and informative visits to some of the many sights our nation's capital has to offer. Although I have visited Washington many times, Val's knowledge as well as the experience of the other staff members really made the trip much more meaningful and educational.
“Since returning from the trip, I have had the benefit of speaking with some of the students who participated, including my son. A common attitude among the students is a feeling of accomplishment and confidence not only in their chosen area of study but also in their daily life. More than one student has told me since their trip to Washington they feel certain they will be able to tackle any situation which may arise in college or in their future careers.”
Jim Martin joins the whole Discovering Democracy IV group – students and staffers – to INVITE ANYONE & EVERYONE to come to the DD IV’s RESEARCH FAIR coming on Thursday, the 30th of May from 7 – 9 pm in the Library at Milton High School. Mark the 30th on your calendar and take advantage of this opportunity to talk with informed young citizens about significant public policy issues. ALL are welcome!
Also, through these days before the Discovering Democracy IV Research Fair, I hope to be sharing/posting OPINION STATEMENTS from the DD IV students. These public policy opinion statements will share the stance of individual DD IV students on the significant public policy each researched.
The RESEARCH FAIR on THURSDAY, 5/30, will afford you opportunity to come talk face-to-face with the DD IV student. That's one of the goals DD Director VAL CROFTS has for the DD Research Fair as part of each year's Discovering Democracy program. Keep reading and commenting.
Here we go…
John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor of political science at UW-Whitewater and an advocate for Project Citizen, a model curriculum for democracy/civics education in Wisconsin high schools. John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff. His opinion is not necessarily that of the The Gazette staff or management.