June 30, 2011

If High School Students Ran our Country

When I was in high school, our American Government class was a semester-long simulation.  This experiential instructional method is pretty standard now, but was pretty ground-breaking at the time. 

We learned about how our government works by basically turning the senior class into a mock government.  We did all the research ourselves and then proposed bills to committees and then during the general assembly.  Many of the things that frustrated me during the simulation are things that happen in real life too (people voting with their party lines because they were uninformed, people voting without reading the bills, voting for a bill because the reps promised to vote for ours).  Talk about real-world application, right?!

One of my high school teachers posted the following on Facebook yesterday: 

Teaching American Gov't. in summer school. General Assembly simulation today: Gay Marriage and Equal Rights Bill was moved, seconded, and, without debate, passed unanimously on a voice vote. The bill became law in under a minute. If that's not progress, I don't know what is. (Every other bill took 20-40 minutes before being adopted or rejected.)

I love that this is such a non-issue for younger generations!  Why our current government spends so much time debating this is seriously beyond me.  This gives me so much hope for our future!

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