Students have been learning about the presidency of Andrew Jackson and are creating a persuasive essay about him, much like historians do. Persuasive writing is a necessary life skill and a challenging activity. Many students would rather not take a side, but give examples of both his good and not-so-good moments. Choosing one focus is valuable, though, because they will have to really study Jackson's actions and weigh the impact these actions had not only during the 1800s but throughout history. I will be interested in seeing how my classes ultimately decide whether they felt he was a hero or villain and I look forward to their examples and viewpoints.