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With presidential elections occurring every four years, high school can in many cases be the first time that students are aware of the political process and issues that surround an election for our country’s highest office. And for seniors, it is the first time that these students will be voting.

And what an election year it is! To begin to address the upcoming election in the educational setting, history teachers at ICJA focused in classes last week on the election in preparation for an all school election presentation. We partnered with JET and Rabbi Zev Kahn on Monday morning to present The Great Presidential Debate between conservative Jeff Jacoby and Democrat Dr. David Luchins. Jeff Jacoby is an op-ed columnist at the Boston Globe and David Luchins is chairman of poli-sci at Touro College. Jeff Jacoby is also uncle of Academy student Anna Jacoby (’18) and alumni Matthew (’17), Daniel (’12) and Shayna (’12).

Students asked probing questions and were engaged throughout the program. It was an engaging program in what will prove to be a memorable election year, regardless of the outcome. Thank you, JET, for the opportunity!

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