Students in Sarah Bender’s AP Government & Politics classes attended a symposium on the Evaluation of Presidential Leadership at Hofstra University on March 10.
The symposium featured commentary and analysis by Hofstra’s Kalikow Center Senior Presidential Fellows, Republican Party consultant Ed Rollins and former Vermont governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean.
Prior to the symposium, each teacher submitted the winners of the essay assignment in which students had to select one of three questions to answer. The questions were:
• How can the White House and Congress overcome the obstacles of divided government and work together in 2015?
• What are the costs and benefits of President Obama’s decision to pursue immigration reform by executive order, and how can he make progress with Congress on this issue in 2015?
• In his remaining time in office, how is President Obama most likely to achieve “change we can believe in,” as he promised in 2008, and establish an enduring legacy for his presidency?
The two essay award winners –Samantha Lanza and James Nicklaus—got a chance to meet with Rollins and Governor Dean after the symposium.