Northern Cass social studies class witnesses history as impeachment trial begins

HUNTER, N.D. — As the first words are spoken during the impeachment trial of President Trump, students in Gage Sitte's social studies class at Northern Cass School have their eyes glued to the screen.

After learning about the process and waiting for the trial to begin, the students get to watch history unfold from their classroom.

Sitte usually spends the first 20 minutes of every class period talking about the process, and throughout every lesson, he's made sure his teaching appeals to students who support all political parties.

"We have Trump supporters, we've got Democrat supporters, we've got independent supporters in that room," he said. "For them to come together and try to understand this process and what it means to them as Americans ... is vital for every generation."

The impeachment process has been the basis of Sitte's classes for the past month. Sitte has been teaching for two years but he's learning at the same time as his students as they watch the trial.


"The beauty of teaching government to kids is that it does change and happen every single day, and that you never know what's going to happen," he said.

Sitte hopes the trial acts as a springboard for some of his students to make a more informed choice when they go to vote this November. He also hopes it sticks with those who can't vote quite yet.

While Tuesday Jan. 21, was only the first day of the trial, he expects debate and discussion to pick up even more in his classes as the trial goes on.

"It's hard to predict what's going to happen, so I think it will definitely be more in-depth ... when this is all over," he said.

Tanner Robinson is a producer for First News on WDAY-TV.
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