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St. John Fisher students learn about confirmation process through Kavanaugh/Ford hearings

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Since the Kavanaugh/Ford hearings began, professor Kathleen Donovan says her classes at St. John Fisher have gotten behind in the syllabus, but for good reason. The material that will be in future history, and government, and political science textbooks, is unfolding before their eyes. 

“I’m very grateful that we have this classroom experience and the ability to correct misinformation but it leads me to believe there are other students who are walking around with misinformation,” said Donovan.

These hearings aren’t just a good teaching tool, but a way to broach other real world topics like how to be an informed voter, to even more sensitive issues, like sexual assault. One take away for professor Donovan is that college students, though younger, are more mature than much of what she’s seen from adults in politics, even when they disagree.

“I do believe he will be confirmed just from seeing the partisan divide between the parties,” said Julia Detmer, a junior. 

“I’m not surprised by what happened, I assumed that Ford would tell her side and he’d tell his and iI didn’t expect it to change people’s minds,” said Dylan Macquoid, also a junior. 
 

Donovan says the goal is not to change minds though, but to send students into the world with fact-based opinions. 
 

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