At UW Stevens Point, professors are using the partial government shutdown and debt ceiling debate as a way to teach students about government.
The goal for many political science professors in colleges around the country is to teach students to understand how and why the government operates the way that it does. However, when unusual things like a government shutdown occur, they have to find new ways to explain what is taking place.
Professor Ed Miller teaches Public Policy at UWSP. He has been spending a substantial amount of time discussing the implications of what is going on with his students and, most importantly, trying to answer their questions and explain how the government can manage to reach such a point.
He says the best way to help his students make sense of what is occurring in Washington is to connect it back to their class material.
"We discuss it in the context of fiscal policy, we discuss it in the context of the power configuration in the house and the senate. We talk about how the split of the Republican party is now affecting the party's position particularly in the house and how the leadership is reacting to it." Dr. Miller says.
Students in Dr. Miller’s class say talking about these issues has allowed them to gain a better understanding of this highly complex political situation.
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