Students prove thoughtful [UPDATED]Published 10:27am Thursday, March 28, 2013 Updated 12:29pm Thursday, March 28, 2013
When Gary Hoffbeck, a Fergus Falls Middle School Social Studies teacher, begins his mock legislature game with his eighth graders, one might expect some rather inane new “laws” to be introduced. But we were impressed with the thoughtful ideas that these students presented.
Typical kid-type ideas might include longer recess (though eighth-graders don’t generally have recess), longer lunch break or no math classes.
Hoffbeck, who has been playing the game with his students for about 15 years, goes through the legislative process. The students elect leaders and are to write four bills that introduce changes for their school and community, which they debate with their peers and eventually vote on.
The students apparently put great thought into the process and the bills: additional stalls in the girls’ bathrooms; additional snow days designated in the school calendar, RTC redevelopment into a museum , amusement park and more teen stores in the mall. These suggestions indicate the kids are thinking about the world around them and it might be improved.
If these students are our future leaders, we look forward to what they might do for our community.