Please make sure you have followed all the instructions for the Chapter 3-4 notebook. Just Chapter 5 vocabulary is to be added. The due date again is October 31st. We have discussed this since last week. The grading period ends November 4th. No later dates can be used. Please make sure you use a coupon and that your parents have signed the paper before the 4th. Your agenda tells you what we have done and so does the class notes. If you guys are questioning your Table of Contents please post questions for the class on this blog entry. Like always I will approve appropriate responses, and help reply responses, that can be added to aide everyone that may have questions. You can also ask other class related questions too. Happy Holloween and see you Monday. Take care, Mr.C.
Our Constitution produced a somewhat peaceful resolution to religious and political conflicts; not cultural, economic, and geographical. Convention delegates in Philadelphia were from an aristocratic affluent class; other founders were farmers who had come back from war in debt. The Constitution is still trying to bring all levels of society under one just legal umbrella. America’s Constitution and civic life empowers students to see that voting and participation are important. [Civitas] Madison wanted to stop powerful interests or inappropriate factions from controlling government. His vision was to compose a Constitution that would ensure that the majority can never reign over the few, nor that the few reign over the many.
In 1791, Madison persuaded by Patrick Henry, protected individuals further by amending the Constitution adding the Bill of Rights. Historian Garry Wills quoted Madison’s support for liberty with: “Amendments, if pursued with proper moderation…may serve the double purpose of…providing additional safeguards in favor of liberty.” Students learn from this that while we can disagree politically, we do so without violence, and that governments transition without a coup d’état. Students need to see that individual protections, participation, and voting that are pivotal to the foundation of our America.
Consequently, if students know that these Constitutional protections exist they might continually participate in American Democracy. Learning American issues on these topics face everyday problems with their families, and motivate them to become active participants. America was created for a better civilization in the hands of the people, for the people, and by the people. The government that governs best, is a government that has a citizenry that is enlightened, understands natural law, equality for all, inalienable rights and Aristotle’s virtue of participation. Also the Greek concept of everyone paying their fair share for the safety and security of the state. Students must know our history, Constitution, political culture, the tradition of loyal opposition, compromises, popular sovereignty, conflicts, choices and American exceptionalism to maintain the Modern United States of America.
For this Week's homework and classwork you will take notes [input] on the video and there is a link below. We will try to finish this in class but anything left I would like you to watch at home. If you want to watch the entire video you can. Please ask for help when you get stuck. Please research more if you need to check your notes. Good luck and and follow the social contract. Work on your agendas too! Please use the 11 sentence paragraph format when answering the essential question for the output. This is MONDAY night's homework. Mr. C may be checking this in the paragraph in the next few days. It should be in your notebook and on the table of contents. There should be an answer the essential question.
Essential question: Why did Daniel Shays take up arms against the leaders of the new nation before the Constitution was signed and ratified?
The rebellion decided on these as a list of grievances:
FIRST: The present system of taxation operates unfairly between the poor and the wealthy classes.
SECOND: The tax rates have been set too high.
THIRD: There is a shortage of cash money, and farm goods are not accepted as payment for debts and taxes.
FOURTH: Court and lawyer fees are set too high.
FIFTH: State government officials are being paid fattened salaries.
SIXTH: The state capital at Boston should be moved inland.
Students of our class might want to check the notes from our discussion on Tom Paine for Thursday. Common Sense was one of the most important documents during the American Revolution. Please check the transcript against your notes or watch the interview of a Tom Paine expert historian again. Finish your Reading Like a Historian and keep taking notes on Chapter 3 and we will begin Chapter 4 soon. Good luck and keep working 10-15 minutes a day for homework on your American History course. Please keep trying to follow the social contract. : )
Philosophie: Salon Center
Everyone of us is living history. We all have a story to tell and the ancestors that came before us that carved a way for us to become a new member of civilization. We also are learning that we are all related genetically and culturally in the family of humanity. All people’s past becomes part of all of us, and will always be completely intertwined with the entire world community.
From time to time we will have some ideas from words that give us wisdom about our world. Writers are some of the most insightful people that understand our modern and ancient world quite well. Feel free to read, think, comment on these ideas. It seems that some of the students would like to debate issues of government, economics, and history. This can be a forum for this idea. Also if you would like to do formal debates in class we need to prepare debate rule and procedures. This can be a start and then we can decide if we will proceed to bring the debates in class on topics we study. Please follow our classroom rules if you decided to write on the blog. Make sure that you ask questions, and be helpful, and mature in all your interactions. This can be a helpful way for you to share what you have learned and what you want to learn, or just share ideas. Also just submit an idea through an email, or web contact, and we can maybe add the idea. Send a picture with the suggestion for the classes. Thank you.
Photos above left to right: The Solon, by Raphael was a depiction of the place where ideas were discussed and debated. Greek democracy in the public sphere. Here is the philosopher Seneca talking to Nero-Claudius Cesar Drusus Germanicus [Roman Emperor 54-68 BCE]- about society,law, politics, ethics and morality. Anthem for the doomed!
Students can also decide to add a topic that can be approved and monitored by Mr.C. Please be responsible and follow the social contract. You can share ideas and questions on your now topics about our class. Friends can help each other study with their devices. Please only students, but fell free to share the forum communications with your family. This can be a source for all students.