Before winter break, students from Mrs. McCormick’s Social Studies classes wrapped up their Civics & Government targets by participating in a Mock Congress. Each class brainstormed ideas relevant to their lives around which to center a bill, voted on their ideas, and then sent their idea to the Revisor of Statutes (Mrs. McCormick) to be drafted into bill form.
In period three Social Studies “President Roberts” ponders signing the bill or using the VETO stamp... From L to R, Marissa Withee, Devon Rodgers, Devyn Freeman, Elizabeth Roberts.
Lydia Schofield responds to a question from the opposition during period five’s debate.
L to R (back row) Emily Palmer, Gavin Bradstreet, Gage Curtis (front row) Lydia Schofield, Vinnie Hegstrom
One class proposed a law that would allow the use of cellphones in the classroom, while the other class proposed a law that would ban the use of Facebook and social media by all minors. After choosing which side they stood on, students researched their side of the issue, and each student developed his or her own debate speech.
Calvin Jewett, ready to make a point during the cellphone debate.
The proposition team pushing to ban Facebook argued that social media should be banned for minors for reasons ranging from the fact that Facebook is platform that can be used for cyberbullying and can lead to childhood depression and even suicide, to Facebook is a tool for stalkers and predators to find information and photos of children, and could lead to child abduction. The opposition team argued against banning Facebook and claimed that social media plays an important role as a communication tool in a modern world, and can help children stay connected with far away family and friends or stay informed about important school or sports events and announcements.
After taking part in a well-moderated debate, students had a chance to “negotiate” with each other to sway the vote in their direction, just as a real Congress might wheel and deal with one another. A teller vote, passing by our Sergeant at Arms, resulted in the passage of our bill in our Mock Congress. On to President Roberts our bill went! Here you can see her giving careful consideration as to whether she should sign the bill into law, or veto the bill.
After much deliberation, and advice from her “cabinet”, President Roberts decided it was best to sign the bill banning Facebook for all minors into law, to keep children safe. Mock democracy in action!