A Recommendation of HACC History

A Recommendation of HACC History
Posted on 04/26/2021
A Recommendation of HACC History
Melanie Ascoli
Staff Writer
22mascoli@cvsdstudents.org

Near the end of my sophomore year of high school at CV, my history teacher allowed the teacher of the College History 103 and 104, Jason Haley, come in to talk to the students about the course and why they should take it in their junior or senior year. I was immediately enthralled by the class and Mr. Haley’s amazing attitude only helped to convince me to take the class more. It was at that moment I decided to take the class and it was one of the best decisions I have made in high school.

I decided to take both semesters of the course, even though both are offered as separate courses that last one semester each. Due to the pandemic, I didn’t get to experience the full extent of the class and it’s fun but I think that I got a good idea of it.

Mr. Haley said, “There is something magical about field trips to Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C. that bring out the excitement in all of us. The excitement continues with the multiple historical role plays that always include pre-ordered refreshments. I am such a foodie! That fact that we can learn and eat well is a fan favorite. The stories that are told during 'comfort and caring' time at the beginning of each class are memorable."

With first hand experience I can say that the atmosphere in the classroom is comforting and safe, everyone is free to have good discussions and ask questions without any judgement. Going to history has become one of my favorite parts of my day this year just because it is such a breath of fresh air, which is very rare for a high school class. Mr. Haley prioritizes actual critical thinking and learning rather than the memorization and regurgitation of content. He manages to make the darkest parts of history very interesting and fun to learn about and the assignments tackle the content in very creative and engaging ways.

This class is great for really any type of student.“If you are a junior or senior, I strongly encourage you to consider CHS US History. If you want two social studies credits in one year that are weighted at an AP level, HACC History might be for you," Haley said. "If you want to earn SIX transferable HACC credits to most many colleges of your choice, HACC History might be for you."

“If you want a classroom setting where you are treated as a 'person first and a student second,' HACC History might be for you. If you desire to be in a classroom community, HACC History might be for you. If you never had a strong desire for history courses, HACC History is ready to ignite an interest in you like few other history classes you have previously had taken in public education. As Uncle Sam kind of said, “I want YOU for HACC History.”

Many of the benefits of taking the class are listed there, but there are even more, such as a more relaxed and flexible schedule, helping out while you are in college, and just getting to learn so much content in such an engaging way. Course selections are coming up soon for every high school student at CV and I highly recommend any coming up junior or senior to take Mr. Haley’s course. His passion for teaching really shines in the class and it would be a great addition to anyone’s schedule, especially considering the additional benefits taking the course offers. I promise you will not regret it.

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