DEMOCRACIES CAN WORK WELL, BUT THEY TAKE WORK.
Ms. Walters is the advisor for your school’s Civics Club, an after-school activity about government, service and the responsibilities of citizenship. She’s had about enough of the club’s crazy antics, because you all can’t agree on anything!
“This is getting out of hand!” she says one day.
There are separate mini-groups within the club that never want to compromise. So when Ms. Walters has you vote on activities you’d like to do… well, it turns into one more screaming match where you guys can’t make a group decision.
You really want to make things work, though, especially because you’re hoping the club can come together around a voter registration project (actually going out and getting adults to register to vote) before the upcoming election.
You’re worried that there may not even be a Civics Club much longer. The final straw came when one of the many screaming matches turned into a WRESTLING match and Ms. Walters had to get TWO gym teachers to put an end to it!
Now she’s saying that she’s not so sure that she wants to be the club’s advisor anymore. And in your school, no advisor means no club. How in the world can you get the Civics Club to not only study democracy, but to practice it?
Democracy isn’t easy. But you’re thinking you can find historical examples of how democracy can work - and work well - to get the Civics Club back on track. Investigate the primary sources. What lessons about democracy can you apply from history to help the group? Make your case.
Have your students take this challenge and make their case! To begin, send your students to this website with this challenge’s code.
Democracy is a form of government in which people choose leaders by voting.