Janesville high school students learn from special guest across the globe

Students Skyped with member of Scottish Parliament

JANESVILLE, Wis. - Students in Craig High School’s Advanced Placement European History class had the unique opportunity to ask a member of the Scottish Parliament questions Tuesday morning.

Teacher Ryan Masterson arranged to have Colin Beattie, a member of the Scottish Parliament, speak with the students via Skype.

“I thought it was much more interesting because it was a real person, real opinions and just a very modern view as opposed to, history books are old, so a more current view is always interesting,” senior Catherine Roe said.

The students had brainstormed a list of 32 questions that Masterson typed up and emailed to Beattie. The students took turns Tuesday morning asking questions about Scotland’s politics, Brexit and Beattie’s beliefs.

“He was very nice, very personable, so it was a lot easier to talk to him, which was nice,” senior James Bordwell said. “He was very easy to talk to and very good at communicating with people even if they didn’t completely understand some policies. He was able to explain it in a way that people could understand it, which I found nice.”

This is the second year Masterson has had his class interview a member of parliament over Skype, and he said it’s something he plans to continue every year.

“It’s kind of a neat opportunity for our kids to see other parts of the world but also to make the classroom bigger for them so they can hear different perspectives,” he said. “It makes the issues we’re talking about much more real for them.”

The class will Skype with Lee Reynolds, the policy director for the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland on Friday.

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