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  • Semaphorism
    @thesuspiciousaccount Semaphorism Hey everyone! My name is Ryan B.
    And I have taking Pre-AP US History, AP US History. I know a lot about how the government is run and how it works. I believe U.S Government is important to Socratic because, everyone that lives in the U.S needs to know how the country they live in is run and operated. It should be free for everyone and it should be available. If I become a Founder, I'll make sure that everyone has access to good, right, answers. This should help ANYONE of ANY grade level or skill level. Thanks in advance!
    1 year ago
  • Pardha Eluri
    @pardha-eluri Pardha Eluri Hi I'm Pardha Eluri, and I know a lot about the government of the United States. I am a middle school student, and the course I am taking is Pre-AP U.S. History, and we learned about the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and how our government is run.
    1 year ago
  • Sarah C
    @sarah-c-7 Sarah C Hi! I am actually from the UK but I find US government fascinating and have recently started learning about it alongside my UK politics. As I am learning myself, I feel like I can understand what helped me understand tricky subjects and then apply those methods to my own answers. I also find that a lot of online resources are hard to understand (especially to someone living outside the US) or so bias that you don't know what's fact or opinion. I am hoping to be able to provide information that is easy to understand, free from bias and in simple English!
    2 years ago
  • Sarah C
    @sarah-c-7 Sarah C Hi! I am actually from the UK but I find US government fascinating and have recently started learning about it alongside my UK politics. As I am learning myself, I feel like I can understand what helped me understand tricky subjects and then apply those methods to my own answers. I also find that a lot of online resources are hard to understand (especially to someone living outside the US) or so bias that you don't know what's fact or opinion. For this reason, I hope that I will be able to help in an otherwise unavailable way - as I have no reason to be bias towards a political system that doesn't directly affect me!
    2 years ago
  • Emily
    @emily-11 Emily Hi! I'm Emily! I've taken IB Government, and am now taking college U.S. Government. I believe that it is important to learn about the governments functions and structure. I would love to help other learn about government, as well as learning more myself, as government really interests me.
    2 years ago
  • Someone from Bensalem, United States
    Someone from Bensalem, United States Hello everyone, I'm Andrew! I'm a currently a high school student with a background of AP U.S. History, as well as involved in our school's debate team that frequently brings up government-related topics. The United States governmental makeup is extensive, and I'm fully ready to take on the task of being a founder for this topic.
    I firmly believe that U.S. Government deserves its spot on Socratic to answer the various questions that there may be about the complex makeup of this unique government. 
    I'm always thinking of ways to answer questions differently, and I'm eager to get started with this topic. Shoot your questions, I'm ready to answer!
    2 years ago
  • Kevin B.
    @kevin-braza Kevin B. Hello everyone, my name is Kevin Braza. I am currently a student in AP US Government, and I would love to be able to help bring U.S. Government to Socratic. I think that U.S. Government should be on Socratic because like the history subjects, the study on government involves our active participation and discussion. Especially with the election coming up and topics being addressed, it is important to think about how our government works and where we go from here, and Socratic is a great place for learning and thinking about new ideas.
    2 years ago
  • Someone from United States
    Someone from United States Hi! I'm Brian. I'm currently a freshman in high school. I love history, am an active part of my Model UN club at my school, and follow US politics.
    Understanding how our government works is very important! Our country is by the people and for the people, but the people have to know how the system works so they can be an active part of it.
    2 years ago
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By the community! (With support from the Socratic team.) To launch a subject on Socratic, you need a founding team of eight people who are committed to building and supporting the subject through its critical early days.

Once eight founders have signed up, you will form a team that collaborates to grow and nurture the subject using a live version of the site. You will write the subject's first featured answers and recruit other contributors. Most important, you will lead by example by participating often and encouraging others to do the same.

Once the founding team has built a foundation of helpful answers and a healthy community of supporters, the subject will graduate, meaning it will join the ranks as a designated Socratic learning resource. We'll also design a beautiful subject badge to make it official!

Who can be a subject founder?

Anyone who knows a lot about U.S. Government can become a founder. Why? The Socratic community values passion, diversity of opinions, and commitment over credentials.

Alongside your knowledge, your passion to share and spread U.S. Government with students everywhere should be your driving force. This is what will help your subject succeed!

Why should I become a founder?
  • Be one of eight people building a shared resource that will reach more than a million students every month. Now that's legacy.
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  • Have fun. Building something you're proud of feels pretty darn good.
When I sign up to be a founder, what am I committing to? I'm not sure I have time.

New subjects need a foundation of helpful answers and, most important, continuous participation from passionate folks. As a founder, you will:

  • Ensure that your founding team creates at least 20 featured answers that represent that very best in your subject
  • Participate often and encourage other team members, so that you meet your shared goal of high activity days (days on which 8 or more people contribute)

No matter who you are, life is busy and unpredictable. That's why there are no individual or time-based requirements for subject founders. You can contribute to your shared goals anytime, from anywhere - so long as you make an active effort to support the team and push the subject forward.

Can I invite friends to be founders?

If you know someone who would be a great founder for a new subject on Socratic, you can — and should! — invite that person by sharing the link to this page with them, and encouraging them to sign up.

Inviting a friend to join you on the founding team likely means working with someone you already respect, which'll help establish trust amongst the team early on. Trust = better outcomes and more fun.

I would love to see U.S. Government on Socratic! Can I get involved without becoming a founder?

Yes! To help get U.S. Government launched on Socratic, you can:

  • Recruit others (know a potential founder?) and spread the word (share links with interested friends or online groups you're part of)
  • Contribute early answers — anyone can write answers, even if you're not a founder
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