Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The YOU DECIDE unit!!

What's new in F3? Kids are learning to make strong arguements defending positions on controversial issues in F3. This is part of a unit all fifth graders in the state of Washington do as part of social studies.

We are learning about how laws are interpretted to favor either the individual right or the common good. For example, backpack searches can be controversial. A principal may feel like he or she can alsways search backpacks for any reason-- in order to protect the common good. However, students may feel that they have a right to privacy, and that principals and teachers should respect their individual rights.

All week this week students will be listening to different viewpoints from all the stakeholders in this issue or backpack searches.

Cheers!

Ms. V