Students have poured into Mr. Preston's classrooms for over twenty years. Each student has common appreciative word for Hillcrest's history teacher and Varsity Basketball coach. The word reflects appreciation in how Mr. Preston teaches students to care about their world. Mr. Preston's new Global Studies class is likely to make many who have sat in Mr. Preston's room look to re-enroll. The class prepares students to engage the world by deciphering current events.
The Islamic State in Syria (ISIS), gay marriage, and El Chapo are issues that frequent the topic list on Mr. Preston's whiteboard. Students lean over their classroom tables, reading beyond headlines in some of today's top sources for news. The class trains students to surf through the media and news to find what is happening in the world around them. Newspapers and TV broadcasts are the class' text. Their training is in searching for truth in the muck of today's biased journalism. Mr. Preston hopes students will leave his class feeling ready to think through the problems facing the world.
"(Global Studies is a) fun combination of major political and economic events, but also social and cultural issues around the world," notes Mr. Preston. Students dive deep into causes and responses to hot global issues plaguing the world. Understanding ISIS terror in the Middle East and Russian Imperialism in the Ukraine become complex lessons in history. Mr. Preston involves the class in deep sociological discussions and encourages reading current news reports.
The Wall Street Journal is placed in the hand of each student, replacing the traditional textbook. Conservative and progressive journalists for FOX and CNN news outlets are referenced and analyzed daily as students deconstruct sources for meaningful information.
The classroom setting encourages classroom discussion. Everything is communicated through active lectures and dialogues. Mr. Preston presses the class with the big questions, looking to show how sin causes brokenness as man works to solve the world's problems without acknowledging God. He challenges students to go beyond accepting tragedies happening in the world, pushing students to see God's design and their role in defending God's order as image bearers. Mr. Preston hopes that, "Christians can be actively involved in having an understanding of what is happening around them."