What is Playing Politics?


Why just study politics when you can play politics? Have you always wondered what it was like to be Alexander Hamilton, General Lafayette, or Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein? Ever thought about what the world would be like if the Colonies had not declared independence, if King Louis XVI had not been executed, if Richard Nixon had not resigned? As their characters, students work together to foment or stave off revolution, to investigate political scandals and to protest injustice. While the simulations are grounded in our study of history, events may take a very different path from the one we know as students strategize, connive and reason their way to victory. Students explore the American Revolution, the explosive events surrounding the 1968 Democratic Convention, and the 1973-74 Watergate hearings. Then, over winter break we take the show on the road to Paris, where we will study the French Revolution where it actually happened.