Deborah Gossert-Russell 0

Saving Our History, Our Authentic Learning Treasure, the James K. Polk Historic Site

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"Tell me, I'll forget. Show me, I'll remember. Involve me, I'll understand" We believe the James K. Polk Historic site in Pineville, North Carolina should continue to be funded by the state of North Carolina because it is not only an historic landmark, but it is an authentic learning experience for everybody. The James K. Polk site is an interactive classroom where students become active learners instead of passive learners. Research confirms that students become critical thinkers when they are active participants in their learning; they retain what is experienced. The James K. Polk center is experiential learning at its highest level because it is a place that develops curiosity, competency, and creativity. Our students and teachers believe that we must preserve this landmark because it represents not only an important President, but a person who was known for making positive change for our immediate community as well as our country. He was able to achieve all of his goals in just four years; something that only George Washington was able to accomplish. It is important to look at our past so we can understand the present. James K. Polk is an example to us all.


Mrs. Russell's Third Grade Class at Pineville Elementary School in Pineville, North Carolina


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