I had a great experience at Hialeah Gardens High School. Because of block scheduling, I spoke to two Honors Government classes taught by Mr. Chait. Only one or two students were falling asleep (I am sure it is because they were up late doing homework). The students and the teacher were interested and engaged.
I was also impressed with the facility. I am not sure how long it has been open, but it was clean and well organized. Kind of reminded me of my days in the classroom.
Some of the things we discussed were the significance of the First Amendment; what the Sunshine Law means and how to access public records; why it is important to vote; and the difference between community service and public service and how each benefits our government. The Ethics Commission also included a short case study to discuss, which was short on facts and created more questions than answers -- but that is a good thing, it means the students were paying attention.
Thank you to the Commission of Ethics for putting this event together. I am not sure how everyone else did, but I enjoyed it and would be willing to speak again in the future.