Following the rules of anarchy? Is that an oxymoron? Last week the 7th graders at LMS began leaning about types of government. Before we can teach the wonders of American democracy, it is important we understand the features of other types of government.
Each team was given 20 straws and three feet of masking tape. They were to build a structure that would be stable, but also taller than that of the other teams.
The challenge was to complete the task following the rules featured in a selected type of government. Each team had 10 minutes to follow the rules and build an incredible straw tower.
The students quickly learned each type of government had some flaws, but once the structures were set up to be scored by our panel of judges, we were able to see some of the benefits.
Structures that fell got no points for height. It seems that republic and monarchy fared well, while the dictatorship didn’t hold up long. As a social commentary, we could examine how anarchy fell and knocked down democracy in its path.
Overall, the students grasped the differences in types of government.
We will be moving on this week to cover the seven principles of government featured in our nation’s constitution.