2008 National Conference » Events

Just How Fair is Democracy? Activity Session for Middle/High School Students

Judy Kurtz, High School Educator, Legacy High School, Adams 12 School District

Topic: Youth-Friendly
Date: Saturday, July 5, 2008
Time: 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Location: Mineral Hall A, 3rd Floor

Just how fair is democracy? Very fair from the point of view of the winners—possibly tyrannical from the point of view of the losers. Middle/high school students and learners of all ages will examine the inequality inherent in rule by the majority as it relates to the history of ethnic groups, and particularly the specific experience of the Japanese American population of Colorado at the time of Pearl Harbor. A variety of responses to that dilemma will be examined through the art of Norman Rockwell and Dorothea Lange, and the words of Alexis de Tocqueville, then governor of Colorado Ralph Carr, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Eleanor Roosevelt. This session will be led by a high school educator who researched and developed curriculum for the project Enduring Communities: The Japanese American Experience in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah. Educators attending this session will receive copies of the curriculum when it is completed.

JANM_EnduringCommunities_20080705-just-how-fair-is-democracy.mp3 (9.5 MB)