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January 25, 2017 | View PDF

Christopher Andersson

photo BY CHRISTOPHER ANDERSSON Post Middle School student Zachary White, center, and others in Michael Preisinger's U.S. History class watch the U.S. presidential inauguration on Jan. 20.

Students at Post Middle School in Arlington took some time during their U.S. History class on Jan. 20 to watch a piece of history happen live: the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump.

Teacher Michael Preisinger showed the inauguration live to his eighth-grade morning class and had a discussion with students about the change of power in the U.S.

"We were right in the middle of studying the U.S. Constitution and coming up on the Bill of Rights, so it's right in our wheelhouse," said Preisinger. "These kids are learning about civics and citizenship, and how the three branches of government connect," he said.

His students have also been learning about the cycles of politics and the different ends of the political continuum.

"These are good connections and this makes an immediate connection now," he said.

Many students were glad for the opportunity to watch this piece of current politics as it was happening.

"I think it's pretty interesting, and we get to watch it in school and know that we're having a new president in our country," said student Andrew Brotherton.

"It's cool that we get to watch it in school, because I feel most other schools don't get the opportunity to do that," said student Jared Star.

Student Trey Kruse said he was interested in hearing what President Trump's speech would be, as he heard from news reports that Trump planned to write it himself.

"He had a pretty good speech, it was better than I thought it would be," said Kruse.

"He sounded like he was actually showing respect for the tradition that they've been doing for the past many presidents," said Kruse.

Student Skyla Newsom said she enjoyed hearing the many perspectives from the inauguration and looks forward to see what will happen the next four years.

"I think it's cool that they say what they're going to do and I want to see what they're actually going to do," she said.

Kruse said he wanted to follow more politics in upcoming years to see how many promises the new president will be able to keep.

"I want to see what they say they're going to do and what they're actually going to do," he said.

For many students, this was the first inauguration they've watched live and are at a point where they are beginning to understand the implications and importance of politics.

"I've never seen one of these before, so it was pretty cool to see that," said Kruse.

"I think I'll watch a lot more now because I think its interesting to hear what they [politicians] have to say," he said.

Star said he too is realizing more about politics as he gets older.

"Before I didn't know about anything like this and I didn't really know anything about politics," he said. "Now I feel like I can figure it out and know what's going on a little more," he said.


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