Chapter 1 Scarcity

Monday January 31, 2011 – Period 2
Tuesday February 1, 2011 – Periods 1, 5, 7

Today we began our class with the question: What is Economics?

Economics deals with the fundamental economic problem of scarcity. Scarcity is a condition caused by the combination of unlimited wants and limited resources. TINSTAAFL, which stands for There Is No Such Thing As A Free Lunch, is often used to remind us that resources are scarce and that we must make careful economic decisions about how we will use these resources. Scarce resources are divided into four factors of production land, labor, capital, and entrepreneurship which are needed in the production of all goods and services.

Chapter 2 notebook guide was handed out and assigned for homework.

Semester Exams

Friday January 21, 2011  – Periods 1, 2, 5, & 7

Good luck on your semester exams.

Return your Government textbook to the TMC or bring it to class on your exam day.

Chapter 17 Tools of Foreign Policy

Wednesday January 19, 2011 – Periods 1, 5, 7                                                                     Thursday January 20, 2011 – Period 2

The chief tools of foreign policy are diplomacy, military force, economic exchange, and intelligence gathering. These are exercised through specialized agencies of the U.S. government. Increasingly, foreign policy has also relied on international organizations, such as the UN and WTO, which are responsive to the global concerns of major nations. The United States also maintains a high degree of defense preparedness. This preparedness mandates a worldwide deployment of U.S. conventional and strategic forces.

Chapter 17 Foreign Policy

Friday January 14, 2011 -Periods 1, 5, 7                                                                               Tuesday January 18, 2011 – Period 2

U.S. foreign policy has undergone many shifts. Although specific policies have changed over the years, the basic goals of U.S. foreign policy have remained constant. These goals are based on what Americans see as our nation’s vital interests: protecting security, preserving peace, promoting prosperity, and pursuing humanitarian ideals. The way Americans think about foreign policy is strongly affected by their view of the world and its impact on their lives.

Federal Judicial System

Thursday January 13, 2011 – Period 2

The class took the Chapter 13 Quiz. Then we completed our lesson on the federal judicial system.

Federal Judicial System

Wednesday January 12, 2011 – Periods 1, 5, 7

Today was a late start due to the icy weather. We took our Chapter 13 Quiz today. The we completed our lesson on the federal judicial system.

Chapter 15 Federal Judicial System

Monday January 10, 2011 – Periods 1, 5, 7                                                                            Tuesday January 11, 2011 – Period 2

We completed a Chapter 13 review. The chapter 13 quiz will be on Wednesday 1/12 for periods 1, 5, & 7. For period 2, it will be on Thursday 1/13.

We examined the role and composition of the American judicial system, and the Supreme Court in particular. The Supreme Court functions mainly as an appellate court, The Federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, which hear appeals, and the Federal District Courts, which hold trials. Each state has a court system of its own, which for the most part is independent of supervision by the federal courts.