Benson Polytechnic High School - BluePrint Yearbook (Portland, OR)

 - Class of 1985

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Benson Polytechnic High School - BluePrint Yearbook (Portland, OR) online yearbook collection, 1985 Edition, Page 120 of 208
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wiW" M -Mwst Awareness Of History Important To Goals "The reason why we study history is to understand the past. Those who can't remember the past are condemned to repeat it. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about," stated Mr. Dick Hennessy, history teacher. As freshmen, students studied Global studies. lt taught about culture and knowledge that is shared in common with people and civilizations before us. ltalso taught geography. , Juniors studied a survey of U.S. history from beginning to end. lt covered from the birth of the U.S. and the struggles of the settlers and continued through to the present day interpretation of the constitution by the courts. ln the senior year the focus was on government and economics. Students had half a year of economics. Government taught critical thinking, introduction to political systems, and the introduction of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches. In economics students studied taxes, economic systems, and comparative economic systems. One of the highlights of the year was the close-up program where some of the students traveled to Washington, D.C. lt cost about S850 dollars for each student. The students either paid from their own funds or were supported by money raised in fund raisers created by Mr. David Nelson who accompanied the students on the trip. The students left for one week starting on March 3. They toured the Smithsonian Institute, The House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Lincoln Memorial. They also got to visit with area congressmen. A. Ship model made for the Tech Show display. B. Mr. John Bergan, social studies teacher, explains the day's assignment. C. Wendy Bosworth tlil confers with Mr. Dick Hennessy, social studies teacher. D. History created by Mr. Simon Benson is on display in library during the Tech Show. Page116 Freshmen who gave outstanding performances in Global Studies were named by Mr. Dick Hennessy, Global Studies teacher. They were Mark Duplessie, Andrew Fung, Scott Hartell, Dan Zuckerman, Phanmaha Visathep, Winston Woo, Tim Martin, Steven Masat, Mike Sexton, Paul Kucera, and Connie Tran.

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