• Cognitive Development

    Posted by Conan Moats on 10/18/2022 1:00:00 AM

    In CP Psychology we are following Piaget through his stages of cognitive development: Sensorimotor, preoperational, concrete operational and formal operational.

    We are exploring the transition from completing concrete mathematical and logical operations to the abstraction and higher order thinking required to conduct formal operations. 

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  • Landmark court cases

    Posted by Conan Moats on 9/12/2022 1:10:00 AM

    The power of the judicial branch to interpret the constitution is being explored through the holdings in landmark court cases. In AP Gov this year we will examine 

    McCulloch v. Maryland (1819)

    United States v. Lopez (1995)

    Tinker v. Des Moines (1969)

    Schenck v. United States (1919)

    Gideon v. Wainwright (1963)

    McDonald v. Chicago (2010)

    Baker v. Carr

    Marbury v. Madison (1803)

    Citizens United v. FEC |

    Wisconsin v. Yoder |

    Brown v. Board of Education (1954)

    Plessy v. Ferguson (1896)

    Engel v. Vitale

    New York Times v. United States (1971)

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  • vivisection and bioethics

    Posted by Conan Moats on 8/17/2022 12:10:00 AM

    In psychology we are studying the ethical implications of doing psychological experiments on animals. The Harlow monkey experiments demonstrated the importance of mother/infant attachment and has been a benefit to society in a number of ways.  The cost was the emotional torture of many little baby rhesus monkeys. Not ok. 

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  • Primary Elections Tomorrow

    Posted by Conan Moats on 6/6/2022

    Tomorrow is California's primary election. From local to state to national government, our general election needs nominees. This primary is to choose those candidates.  If you are a citizen 18 or older, do your civic duty and vote!



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  • Inflation again.

    Posted by Conan Moats on 5/17/2022 1:00:00 AM

    Inflation is something we addressed in Economics. It is having a significant impact on our society so we are seeing what actions government is taking to tackle inflation. The federal reserve is raising interest rates. Will this help? If so how?

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  • Stress and Human Flourishing

    Posted by Conan Moats on 4/12/2022 6:00:00 AM

    In Psychology, stress is the topic. It is a very relatable one indeed. We are studying the psychophysiological effects of stress on the human body. We are applying (hopefully) techniques to cope with stress and better manage it. 

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  • Ukraine

    Posted by Conan Moats on 3/3/2022 5:00:00 PM

    In International Relations we are closely monitoring the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The largest country in Europe invaded the second largest. This violation of sovereignty has not been seen on the continent since WWII. This is obviously a very serious matter of global import.

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  • Inflation

    Posted by Conan Moats on 2/9/2022 2:10:00 AM

    Inflation! We are learning about the Consumer Price Index and examining causes and possible solutions to  quickly rising prices.

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  • Sense Perception

    Posted by Conan Moats on 1/18/2022 5:00:00 AM

    We are studying Extra Sensory Perception.

    Clairvoyance and telepathy are the topics of the day. 
    Interesting connections between empathy and telepathy are being made. I feel a feeling I feel you all feel.

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  • International Relations

    Posted by Conan Moats on 12/14/2021 1:00:00 AM

    We are examining the crisis in Tigray, Ethiopa. There is violent conflict there and it needs to stop.

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Mr. Moats

Hello, my name is Conan Moats. This is my tenth year teaching at DVHS. I enjoy working here because I have talented colleagues and students who are committed to excellence.

I have a BA in Philosophy from UC Berkeley, a Social Studies Credential from SFSU and a MA in History from American Public University. I have been an educator for over 20 years and I love what I do (most of the time).