UW-Whitewater Emeritus Professor of Communications Richard Haven was the guest speaker at the 15th full legislative session of the MHS U.S. Government & Politics course.
The sesions, where students in the semester-long course voted on bills that they had researched and developed was held on Monday morning and Tuesday afternoon at the Performing Arts Center. More than 300 students participated.
Haven served as one of 135 scholars to select the 100 Greatest American Speeches of the 20th Century. He has been the resident political analyst on WMTV-Ch. 15 since 2010, and is a permanent Tuesday morning guest on WFAW’s Morning Magazine. He has also appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Television, CNN’s Headline News and several commercial radio stations in southeastern Wisconsin.
MHS students passed 10 of 15 bills that they voted upon during two legislative sessions held in December. The bills were part of the new semester-long U.S. Government and Politics class. The course was developed by a team of social studies teachers, along with Steve Arnold, who has been running legislative sessions at Community High School in West Chicago, Ill., for 20 years. According to Steve's wife, Peg, there are at least 12 schools in California, Nevada, Illinois and Wisconsin using this model.
For three months students studied the legislative process, researched issues and drafted their own bills. Earlier this fall, students participated in a Committee Hearing Day, which simulates the U.S. legislative committee hearing process.