Ground Rules for all Classes


"I may disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it."

Evelyn Beatrice Hall, The Friends of Voltaire, 1906

As a community of learners, we, the participants in AP United States Government, United States History, and AP United States History agree to:

Respect everyone in the class and for new ideas -- in other words, the personal integrity and values of all students and Michelle will be respected.

Uphold the Ouch Rule – each individual’s Right to feel safe and respected.

Patrick Henry
Patrick Henry giving his "If this Be Treason, Make the Most of It," speech in the Virginia House of Burgess, 1765. Borrowed from

Be prepared for and participate in class activities. This includes bringing your books and assignments to class and being prepared to take notes.

Keep all commitments and do not undertake them lightly.

Listen carefully to one another and recognize each person's concerns and fears.

Ask questions and make statements that attempt to educate or explain.

Recognize our mutual freedom to disagree (there might be times when we may just have to agree to disagree).