A few snapshots from Ms. Spring's Individuals & Societies class!
As part of Ms. Spring’s Individuals & Societies study of government, 5th and 6th grade students dove into the Bill of Rights. First assignment? Read the Parents’ Constitution and construct, with at least one parent, four new and/or revised amendments to reflect their family’s values. Students looked for similarities they found between how they feel about the Parents' Constitution and how some people might have felt about the U.S. Constitution when it was first ratified in 1789. “These are important discussions to have with middle schoolers as they consider their and their parents' rights and responsibilities," remarked Ms. Spring [Corotan]. The assignment sparked lively discussions at home -- some lasted for hours! Here are just a few examples of students’ suggested revisions:
Amendment: Parents and children alike shall be free to honestly express their views and opinions and discuss disagreements about the rules, but parents have the ability to restrict children’s exposure to harmful or negative influences. Reasoning: Because it is part of the parent’s goal to keep the children safe; expose them to good influences and teach them how to handle bad influences.
Amendment: Parents shall have the power to restrict, permit, and observe all technological usage.
Reasoning: We made this amendment because children have to be prepared to face the challenges of the digital world.
Amendment: Parents have the right to discuss the child’s spending with them and try to influence responsible management of money.
Reasoning: Because part of the parents’ job is to teach their children values and skills that will help them be productive and responsible adults.
We think our students did a great job devising amendments that were fair and reasonable for parent and child!