This simulation is to think about how the founding fathers decided on the structure of our current government. It tricks students in to looking at who will be given power in their new country and how they will use it. It introduces them to the struggle between the states in the Constitutional Convention – the battle between the small states and big states…It also requires them to look at some current hot button issues like Freedom of Religion, Right to bear arms and anything else you would like to add. It brings home the debate about the need or lack of the need for military spending.
Both during the simulation and after your students complete this simulation, you can have great discussion. Some topics:
What is the history, climate and geography of Puerto Rico?
What circumstances would push you to leave the United States?
If you left, what would you like your new country to look like?
What right should everyone have?
Should you spend money on defense?
Would you trade with the USA?
What other countries will you trade with?
What would you do with a bad leader? Do you have a mechanism for removal?
Should all leaders be elected or should some be appointed? What about the judicial branch? Do you think it should be affected by politics?
How do you ensure equality without socialism or communism?
Will there be regulations on the businesses, like environmental or profit caps?
Will you allow immigrants to enter the country?