Students in eighth grade history are evaluating the work and achievements of the first five presidents this quarter. Students considered the framers of the constitution’s ideas about the role of presidents in the new nation, and evaluated how the presidents met these goals, through their international treaties, growth of the new nation, trade laws, and attempts to avoid continued war.  In history classes at Washington Latin, students use critical thinking skills like comparison, evaluation, and synthesis to draw conclusions about the meaning of historical events, rather than simply memorizing dates on a timeline.