US Cultural Attaché visits Blackburn College

A group of politics students were given a unique insight into the inner workings of the US Government when a US envoy visited the College.

Students from Blackburn College and Clitheroe Royal Grammar School put their questions to the US Cultural attaché when she visited the college this month.

The two hour seminar, entitled ‘What you really need to know about the US Government,’ concentrated on the contrasting political systems, as well as current issues of the day and gave a real insight into the world of American politics.

The visit was part of the US Embassy outreach programme, which links up with schools to help teach students about the history, culture, politics and foreign policy of the country.

Ariel Vaagen, US Cultural attaché, says: “It is really important students are given as many perspectives as possible when studying the government and politics of different countries.

“Often political systems and foreign policy seem remote and detached and we are all heavily influenced by the media.  There are many nuances that are often overlooked and it is great that I can dispel misunderstandings.”

Government and Politics tutor at Blackburn College, Lauren Mura, says: “Ariel’s visit was a really exciting opportunity for the students to dig deep into the heady world of American politics, especially in the current climate.

“The Government and Politics course is split into two parts, where students learn all about the UK Government in the first year and the US in the second and then get the opportunity to contrast and compare the two.

“We wanted to provide our students and students from different schools with the chance to get a taster of the second year, which will hopefully stimulate their interest.  “All the students were eager to learn as much as they could as well as getting all their burning questions answered.”

History and Politics student Daniel Jose, 17, from Blackburn, says: “It is nice to be able to hear the perspective from someone inside the government as well as having the political system explained firsthand.

“I really enjoy history and politics and feel I now have an understanding many other students may not necessarily have.”

Daniel is hoping to study a History and Teaching course at Edge Hill University when he completes his A Levels at Blackburn College.

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