A dress code also can reduce bullying, he pointed out, because “students would not be judged on what they wear.”
His classmate Nina Reynolds disagreed.
“For example, if Jayden liked basketball and he wanted to wear a basketball jersey and shorts, he couldn’t freely express himself,” she said.
Students also talked about when it was appropriate to limit freedom of religion, such as when it affects the safety of others. For example, when parents choose to withhold their child’s vaccinations because of religious belief, or when the Amish choose not to use reflectors on their horse-drawn buggies while on the road with motorists, one student noted.
Fifth-graders have been studying about the structure of government, the U.S. Constitution and the duties of all three levels of government for about a month, said Moore, who along with Debbie Murphy, teaches fifth-grade social studies and writing.
Five years ago, both teachers attended a week-long conference at Virginia’s James Madison University to learn more about “We the People” and thought it would be an excellent program to implement in their own school.
Moore hopes this exercise will make an impression on students and “inspire them to be better citizens, to be informed voters and to be leaders in their community,” she said.
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