A group of Year 13 Government & Politics students were able to witness, first hand, the final run up to and the aftermath of one of the most divisive elections in US History. On our annual politics visit to Sacramento, the capital city of California, our students were able to discuss with their American peers what the election meant to them. Such first hand knowledge was invaluable to get a clearer understanding of what the young voters were expecting of the candidates. Based in two high schools, CK McClatchy High School in Sacramento and Folsom High School in Folsom, the Parrs Wood students had a ‘brief immersion’ into the life of an American teenager.
The Folsom group attended the school’s American Football match against a local rival school. They were stunned when over 11,000 people turned out on a Friday night at the school’s floodlit stadium to witness a nail-biting ‘crunch match’.
The McClatchy group was able to attend a class talk given by Pulitzer Prize winning political cartoonist and commentator Jack Ohman, enabling them to not only hear some interesting observations on the election but also to see a world renowned cartoonist at work.
Other highlights were a visit to the State Capitol, a visit to a polling station to see the voting process in America and a day of sightseeing in San Francisco. Above all they were able see the impact of the election of Donald Trump upon the young people in California.
As usual nobody wanted to come home - the overall view of the group was that it was the ‘trip of a lifetime, the best school trip ever!’
Mr Blackburn Government & Politics Teacher