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What is the president's relationship with the armed forces?
Which president desegregated the armed forces?
Are public expectations of U.S. presidential leadership unrealistic?
It appears like the daily life of a United States President is a lot of work and intense stress, without a hugely rewarding salary, or—often—the ability to effect the changes they hoped for upon entering office. What do you think is the draw for a politician to want to be president? Do you think many presidents actually enjoy the job while doing it? Did any recent president, whom you are aware of, regret getting elected?
Decision to Drop the Bomb http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/education/projects/webquests/wwii/ WebQuest - Imagine it is 1945 and World
War II has just come to a conclusion. Just before the end of the
War, the Atomic Bomb was dropped on and Nagasaki. Many wonder whether
dropping the bomb was necessary but others think it was in order
to limit the amount of Allied casualties and bring the long arduous
war to an end. A community in California is getting together to
discuss the reason for dropping the bomb. Four teams of people representing
a Japanese citizen, President Truman's advisor, the Secretary of
Defense, and a nuclear physicist will congregate to debate this
controversial issue. Your role as one of these people is to research
your particular point of view and decide whether dropping the Atomic
Bomb was necessary or not.
What characteristics should a good candidate for president possess?
What schooling and work experience are required? What are the demands
of the job? Use the printable worksheet to write help wanted ads
the position of president of the United States.
for a Day http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/01-1/lp223_03.shtml Lesson Plan - Learn general information
about the duties of the president of the United States. Create a
schedule for one day as president. If you were president of the
United States for a day, what would you do and what would your day
Seal: A Symbol of Presidential Roles http://americanhistory.si.edu/presidency/5a2a.html
The seal of the president contains objets that represent some of
the president's roles. Explore the symbols on the seal, color the
seal, and create a new presidential seal. Click on "The Presidential
President Gerald Ford once worked washing dishes in a restaurant kitchen to make ends meet.
Work through the interactive online activity "President for a Day!" from The PBS Kids Democracy Project, available through the EDSITEment-reviewed resource Great American Speeches. This is a simulation of a typical day on the job as president, in which you make choices about which duties to perform. You can do this activity in small groups around a few computers, or individually at a computer, depending on your ability and access to technology (computers with Internet connections). If no Internet connection is available to use, you can go through the activity and print out all of the pages for a low-tech version.