Elaine Mallon and Garrett Allen appreciate Mr. Beckmann for his sense of humor and teaching style
When I first walked into your classroom, I was very intimidated by you. I don’t know how I could have been afraid of a suburban dad who really cared about his lawn, but I was. I was looking forward to taking your class. Unlike your typical teenager, I’ve always had a passion for politics and government. I was excited and ready to learn everything you knew. You exceeded my expectations last year, Mr. Beckmann.
I wish I could do it all over again. I wish I could be back in your 4th hour government class. You’ve taught me tolerance. You’ve taught me how to see the other side’s point of view. You’ve taught me how to think for myself. As a conservative, I used to always take every statement made by the conservative news outlet to heart. I had such an us vs. them mentality about everything in politics. You completely changed my outlook on a lot of things. You showed me that I’ll never convince anyone of my ideas, if I fail to see their side as well. You challenged us, and not just by your tests. You challenged us on our beliefs and whether or not there was real logic behind them. And even if there wasn’t sometimes, you never berated us. You showed my fellow classmates and I respect. You engaged our minds in ways no one has before. You just instilled in us in the importance of being aware of our world. You instilled in us the importance of always seeking the truth. No matter how disgusted by it we may be.
We had a lot of good times in your class Mr. Beckmann. From your discourse with Kurt Schmitz regarding his support for candidate Donald Trump (now president, boy were you wrong) to you’re self depreciating jokes. It was a good time, and I will never forget it. You’ve left a lasting impression on me. And trust me, it’s a good one. XOXO Cheerios
From the many things I will take from my experience as a high school student – the work ethic, the passion for discovery, the vast many things learned – one of the most important and empowering will be from Mr. Beckmann’s class: the meaning of citizenship. For me, after I became betrothed to politics, the world around me truly exploded in proportion, meaning, and impact. I think that’s what defines him as a teacher – his incredible passion for imparting to us the enormity of what being a member of this nation means, and that we all have the power to change it – not to mention his understanding of the exasperations of a high school education. Yet, his standards are high, and his passion for teaching is evident in every day. More than anything, Mr. Beckmann is an empowering individual. For the tools he gave me to change the nation, and the world, I will always be thankful.