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Ch 10: US Politics (1979-Present) - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy

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Effectively prepare for the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam by taking advantage of this chapter on US politics from 1979 to the present-day. Watch engaging video lessons that cover material that will be addressed on the exam.

MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy: US Politics (1979-Present) - Chapter Summary

US politics from 1979 to the present are covered in this chapter, with interactive lessons and quizzes to assist you in learning effectively. This chapter contains important details about:

  • The election of Ronald Reagan and political conservatism
  • Success and failures of Reaganomics
  • Ronald Reagan's foreign policy
  • George H.W. Bush's foreign policy
  • Bill Clinton's foreign and domestic policies
  • Congress in the late 90's
  • The 9/11 terrorist attack
  • George W. Bush's election and domestic agenda
  • Government and the economy since 2008
  • Barack Obama's policy and major accomplishments

After covering these important politics-related material, you will be more capable of answering questions on the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam. Go through the lessons as many times as you want to ensure the material sticks.

MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy: US Politics (1979-Present) Chapter Objectives

Taking the MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy exam gives you the chance to attain a license to teach political science in Massachusetts. You will find that the information discussed in this chapter is part of the U.S. Government and Civics section of the exam, which makes up 20% of the entire test.

All of the questions on this portion of the test are multiple-choice. In order to answer them correctly, you will need to remember important presidents of the United States and know what their foreign policies were. Remembering this information is made easy when you utilize the resources in this engaging chapter. Some of the information covered in this chapter may also be useful on the two constructed-response items, which ask you to write on topics that include Western political philosophy. These two essays also make up 20% of the total test score.

12 Lessons in Chapter 10: US Politics (1979-Present) - MTEL Political Science/Political Philosophy
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The Election of Ronald Reagan in 1980: A Reemergence of Economic & Political Conservatism

1. The Election of Ronald Reagan in 1980: A Reemergence of Economic & Political Conservatism

The presidential election of 1980 witnessed the transition from liberal to conservative politics in America. Learn about Ronald Reagan's campaign to become President of the United States in 1980 in this video lesson.

Reaganomics: Success, Failures & Effects

2. Reaganomics: Success, Failures & Effects

'Reaganomics' represented President Ronald Reagan's attempt at energizing the inert American economy following the 1970s. Learn about the program, as well as its successes and failures, in this lesson.

President Ronald Reagan's Foreign Policy

3. President Ronald Reagan's Foreign Policy

President Ronald Reagan's foreign policy was an aggressive attempt to renew the Cold War with the Soviet Union. Learn about the policies, actions and results of Reagan's foreign policy in this lesson.

President George H.W. Bush: Foreign Policy

4. President George H.W. Bush: Foreign Policy

President George H.W. Bush's foreign policy was a pragmatic blend of diplomacy and force. Learn more about Bush's international affairs during his tenure as President of the United States.

President George H.W. Bush: Domestic Policy and Accomplishments

5. President George H.W. Bush: Domestic Policy and Accomplishments

President George H.W. Bush's domestic agenda reflected a change in ideology. Learn about the domestic challenges Bush faced, his handling of the issues and his overall achievements.

Bill Clinton's Domestic Policy: the Economy, Healthcare, Welfare & Social Policies

6. Bill Clinton's Domestic Policy: the Economy, Healthcare, Welfare & Social Policies

During the 1990s, President Bill Clinton met many of his domestic policy goals, including stimulating the economy, reforming welfare, and advocating for social change. He did not successfully achieve a national healthcare system.

Bill Clinton's Foreign Policy: the Middle East, Haiti, African & Northern Ireland

7. Bill Clinton's Foreign Policy: the Middle East, Haiti, African & Northern Ireland

During his two terms as president, Bill Clinton intended to focus on domestic policy over foreign policy. But between 1992 and 2000, the U.S. was involved in several international conflicts and diplomatic interventions, which will be covered in this lesson.

Congress in the Late '90s: Contract with America & Clinton's Impeachment

8. Congress in the Late '90s: Contract with America & Clinton's Impeachment

In 1994, Republicans took control of both houses of Congress, elected on the promises made in the Contract with America. President Clinton endorsed several of these measures, but conflict was inevitable, culminating in his impeachment in 1998.

George W. Bush: 2000 Election & Domestic Agenda

9. George W. Bush: 2000 Election & Domestic Agenda

President George W. Bush overcame numerous obstacles before and after entering office. Learn about the Republican Primary Election, the presidential election of 2000 and Bush's domestic goals.

George W. Bush: the 9/11 Terrorist Attack & War on Terror

10. George W. Bush: the 9/11 Terrorist Attack & War on Terror

The September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States forced President George W. Bush to reappraise his foreign policy. Learn about the tragic day, the Bush Doctrine and the ensuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The American Economy & Government Policy in 2008

11. The American Economy & Government Policy in 2008

The rise of sub-prime mortgage loans and heightened real estate speculation led to the collapse of the housing market, which ushered in the Great Recession in 2007. Learn more about this economic downturn and its effects in this lesson.

President Barack Obama: Election, Policies & Accomplishments

12. President Barack Obama: Election, Policies & Accomplishments

Barack Obama became the first African American President of the United States in 2009. Learn about his first term including his domestic and foreign initiatives, and his successes and failures.

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