Even though content is a critical part of my class, it will not be the only lessons taught.  Students may expect lessons that will cover character development particularly the attributes of accountability, integrity, and honor.  My lessons also will be designed to focus on skills students can implement after graduation.  Such skills that will be a focus include problem solving skills and critical thinking.  I count my success as a teacher not just by the scores of the students, but also did I better prepare students for the world after they have attended my classes.  History is taught to our students in order to create civic competence.  Our republic is dependent on having competent citizens because our government is one designed “for the people, by the people.”