I recommend that instructors allow students to determine the content for Introduction to American Government. I also recommend that instructors assign students to conduct independent research on each unit of American Government rather than assigning a textbook. There are numerous benefits to implementing these practices. Students take ownership of their education and feel empowered to fill gaps in knowledge. Students are more prepared for class. It allows course content to match current events in real time. Students learn how to analyze the credibility of various sources. Class conversations are more dynamic. Students develop a better understanding of opinions that differ from their own. Lastly, students are less inclined to believe that the instructor is attempting to influence their personal beliefs and opinions on politics.

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Nathan Combes is an adjunct professor of political science at Columbus State University. His research focuses on African politics, democratization, and pedagogy of political science.

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