Dodt, A

Alex Dodt


Honors Philosophy
AP U.S. History
Journalism I & II

Dead Poets Society
Thoreau Society
Room 110

About Me

I was born in Phoenix, grew up in Gilbert, and went to Highland High and GCA students frequently make fun of me for that last fact. I went to ASU for Bachelor's in Journalism and History and then again for a Master's in Secondary Education. In my free time outside of GCA, to the extent that it doesn't exist, I write fiction nobody reads including myself, play hockey poorly, travel to New York frequently enough to empty my savings every year, walk my dog Tyrone when he demands it, and take online classes to achieve my goals of finishing a Philosophy degree and being in debt to ASU until the day I die.

Honors Philosophy (12th Grade)

Honors Philosophy is an introductory class intended to teach students the value of studying philosophy and living philosophical lives. It is not a survey course, but focuses instead on key questions concerning the nature of reality, knowledge, ethics, and the meaning of life. Students read major philosophical works from Plato up to the modern day as well as look at philosophy in film, fiction, poetry, music, television, and comedy. Students will leave this class with an appreciation for living an examined life, as well as the ability to do just that, but all existential crises experienced along the way are the sole responsibility of the student (though additional tutoring is always available).

AP U.S. History (11th Grade)

APUSH focuses on teaching students to appreciate the value of understanding our past, both collective and individual, as well as to pass the AP U.S. History exam at the end of the year. Students who pass the exam can receive college credit so the class is structured similarly to 100-level survey courses. Historical interpretation and argumentation are emphasized along with grappling with the complex and indeterminate nature of history to better understand our present world. Students are guaranteed to like history at least 0.1% more than when they started the year or their money back.*

Journalism I & II (11th & 12th Grade)

These classes will provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a career in the field or, at the very least, be intelligent and informed consumers and critics of modern media. Students will learn to research, interview, and report while creating the school's quarterly newspaper The Spartan Times. They will gain experience with traditional newspaper reporting, digital media production, long-form magazine writing, and "New Journalism" techniques. By the end of the course, students will better understand one of the most important professions in the country better than the majority of the country.


Dead Poets Society (12th Grade)

This is a poetry club fashioned after the one from the second-best Robin Williams' film of all-time (come on, Good Will Hunting). Meetings are held outside of the classroom to avoid any potential standing on desks while students recite Whitman.

Thoreau Society (12th Grade)

This is a club based loosely on the philosophical ideals of Henry David Thoreau and the Transcendentalists. We focus on practical philosophy as a means of better knowing ourselves, each other, and nature. We do our own Walden trip at the end of the year, but so far have been unable to get district approval to disappear into the woods for two years.


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