Sixth Form Enrichment Parliament Week Workshop
On Tuesday 1 November, we welcomed Dr Stephen Thornton, Dr Ian Stafford and Dr Jonathan Kirkup from the Politics Department of Cardiff University to offer an engaging workshop entitled:
‘What would constitute the ideal US President?’
Twenty of our L6th students took part in the workshop which began with a thought-provoking presentation on US presidents to date. After a buffet lunch, we separated into groups to discuss the qualities required of a successful president.
The event culminated in presentations by each of the groups followed by a question and answer session. Our visitors were very impressed with the students’ knowledge of US politics, and each of the students commented how much they had enjoyed this enthralling opportunity.
Abi T: ‘I learnt a lot about the American Constitution and how difficult it has been for recent presidents like Obama to pass their new policies and laws through the House of Representatives and the Senate. We concluded that a strong mind and resilience were two of the key qualities needed in a future leader of America.’
Ben R: ‘Foreign politics has always interested me, and the opportunity to discuss and learn about the US presidential election was a really valuable experience which I enjoyed tremendously. The lecturers from Cardiff University were very knowledgeable and helped me express my opinion and further my thinking. I would love to do something like this again.’
We are very grateful to Cardiff University Politics Department for offering our students the chance to voice their views on the controversies of the presidential race, and to debate with our highly-esteemed guests a subject of such current international importance.
Mr J. Neville
1 November 2016
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