Tutor profile: Sam S.
Subject: US Government and Politics
What does the Supreme Court do?
Simply put, the Supreme Court decides what laws are constitutional and what are not. Although Congress has the power to write laws and the President has the power to execute them, their powers are limited by the Constitution. Certain protections were established by the framers to ensure a fair and free society, such as the 1st Amendment's guarantee of the right to free speech. Whenever Congress or the President takes an action that threatens those rights, the Supreme Court is called upon to decide whether it was constitutional or not (much like the umpire in a baseball game).
What's so great about Shakespeare?
Even if you have never read a Shakespeare play, chances are you have been using his words your whole life. Ever find yourself on a "wild goose chase"? Play a game to "break the ice" or say "good riddance" to a bad friend? All these phrases had their origins in Shakespeare, and they are a testament to how thoroughly our culture is imbued with his work. His characters have so much nuance and his plots are so captivating that we see them in places that you would never expect, from the Lion King to Kendrick Lamar.
Why is it important to study the English language?
Beyond just the basics of grammar and style, studying English helps us to see the world more clearly. The complex problems that we face in adulthood become much easier to handle when we can articulate what they are. By grappling with tough vocabulary and dense poetry, we are gaining the tools to figure out a lifetime of tax forms and cell phone bills. If you can learn to read Shakespeare, you can definitely read a bank statement
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