Students at Quincy University are keeping up with what’s happening in Washington this week.
Many of them watched the impeachment hearing in class on Wednesday.
It’s a different day in professor Justin Coffey’s history’s class at Quincy University as the book bags are closed and the projector is on.
As students listen in on the impeachment hearing, they said it’s neat to watch history unfold in front of their eyes.
“It’s really cool,” Quincy University Alex Harris said. “Dr. Coffey, a political expert, really likes to use these visual mediums.”
Harris said he prefers this type of history lesson over a traditional one.
“Instead of making us, like, here’s the facts, read the textbook, take the test,” Harris said.
The first open hearing in the impeachment process started Wednesday morning. Students said it’s something everyone should pay attention to.
“A lot of us students, we don’t really pay attention to the news as much, so it’s amazing that he’s taking the time to teach us about this important thing,” Quincy University student Meghan Salamon said.
“This is monumental,” Coffey said. “This is American history.”
Coffey said what’s happening now should be on everyone’s mind, especially the younger generation.
“Showing the class these hearings, I was able to explain to them the key facts at the heart of the matter,” Coffey said.
He said one of those key facts is that impeachment does not always mean conviction. It’s something some students know and others are learning.
“I’ve known some about this before we went to class today,” Harris said.
“I did learn impeachment doesn’t mean removing,” Salamon said. “Everyone believes that’s what happens, but not necessarily.”
It’s a history lesson everyone said they won’t forget.
“It’s not an exaggeration to say the future of the country is at stake,” Coffey said.
Coffey said his class will continue to follow the impeachment process and work it into former impeachments that they’ve been learning about all year.
“Impeachment” refers to the filing of formal charges. The house impeaches. The senate then holds a trial on those charges to decide whether the official, in this case, the president, should be removed and barred from holding office.