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posted Feb 1, 2013, 4:50 AM by Peter Knowles   [ updated Feb 4, 2013, 5:04 AM ]
Day 5 --

Last night's homework introduced you to 5 Basic Concepts of Democracy. Today we'll focus on the that homework as we look for modern examples of each concept. 

Learning Target ImageWhat will I be able to do when I've finished this lesson?What idea, topic, or subject is important for me to learn and understand so that I can do this?What will I do to show that I can do this? How well will I have to do this?
 I will be able to explain specific examples from today that help me understand the 5 Basic Concepts.
I need to think about the many ways that these 5 Concepts hav an impact on people's daily lives.  
I will browse current events with a small group and find the best example of my assigned concept, then prepare a short report to the others about it.    This is a formative assessment. I need to participate in my group's work to help explain it to others. 



The links below will take you to recent news events or opinion pieces that are related to each of the 5 concepts. Use them to start thinking about your answer to this question:
HOW IS THE CONCEPT IMPORTANT IN PEOPLE'S LIVES TODAY?

A recognition of the fundamental worth of every person

A respect for the equality of all persons
  1. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/09/us/supreme-court-to-hear-case-on-affirmative-action.html?hp
  2. http://www.whptv.com/news/local/story/New-poll-on-marriage-equality-released/LU7xV4kXY0mlhJGhSPwNJg.cspx
  3. http://www.thedp.com/article/2013/01/equality-not-meritocracy
  4. http://www.dallasnews.com/opinion/columnists/mark-davis/20130129-mark-davis-sometimes-equality-just-doesnt-make-sense.ece
  5. http://www.usnews.com/opinion/articles/2013/01/25/should-disabled-students-have-equal-access-to-school-sports

A faith in majority rule accompanied by respect for minority rights

An insistence upon the widest possible degree of individual freedom
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