What Right do you have to . . .?

Students discuss current events to start a conversation about what it means to be a citizen of the U.S.A.

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The other night, the controversy surrounding some athletes kneeling during the national anthem came to Atlanta. The USWNT (United States Women's National Team) for soccer was playing against the Netherlands. During the playing of the U.S. national anthem, a member of the USWNT (Megan Rapinoe) made headlines for kneeling. Some of my 3rd grade students asked about the controversy which initiated the conversation "what does it mean to stand for the national anthem or the pledge?"

The conversation "setlist" went like this (in the style of a jam band concert):

  • "The pledge"
  • S: "why are people kneeling during the national anthem?"
  • The flag
    • "what do the stripes mean?"-->
      • What are the 13 colonies-->
      • Why did they want England to leave them be?-->
    • What was so unfair?-->
      • Declaration of Independence-->
      • what rights should we have?
  • Are all Americans being treated fairly?

(discussion to be continued)

This is a pretty heavy way to start the day, but a worthy conversation. 

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Chris,

The current topic (Sept/Oct) in HS Public Forum Debate is "Resolved: In United States public K-12 schools, the probable cause standard ought to apply to searches of students."  

The proposal of expanding the probable cause standard to cover students and thereby expanding student rights might be a great thing to discuss with your students.  The essential crux of the debate is that by expanding student rights you necessarily impinge upon the agent of the state's ability to act swiftly in the interest of safety.

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