Classrom as a Democracy Essay

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CLASSROOM AS A DEMOCRACY All make laws -- legislative function of govt All enforce/implement laws – executive function of govt All judge/interpret laws – judicial function of govt

What will be taught, who will teach it, how students will be graded, what are rules of classroom behavior, when you have to leave, when you have to be stopped in particular behaviors, how we will support our teaching ideas, etc.

In direct democracy all are legislators, executives, judges – find rules like unanimity, super-majority, majority, etc.
In representative democracy, some are chosen (usually by election or rotation among all members) to make laws, enforce laws, and judge laws.
Can separate legis, exec, and jud pwr into different persons to
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Fredrick was an enlightened despot who expanded German nationalist interests against small principalities. By the end of the 18th C, still 300 little German states with Prussia and Austria strongest.
Germany looked to Prussia to throw off Napoleonic invasion. In 1815 a modest confederation was created. German nationalism gave rise to Volkgeist (spirit of the people) that implied a Germanic tribal spirit was superior to other people and therefore entitled to their lands. Because of attacks from Napoleon, Germans began to think about unification. Prince Metternich (who hated both liberalism and nationalism), a ultraconservative Austrian prince, helped create a German Confederation of 39 states. The liberals tried to get the Prussian King to accept leadership of a CONSTITUTIONAL MONARCHY, but he would not “accept a crown from the gutter.” [meaning the common people].
Bismark, the Prussian prime minister in 1862, saw unification as the only way to preserve Prussia. When parliament was deadlocked over military spending, he ordered new taxes and spent the money w/o parliamentary approval. He fought against Austria, Denmark, and France to firm up German unity.
1st Reich -- reign of Charlemagne 800-1806
2nd Reich – from 1871 -- 1918 at Versailles Created a Reichstag (legislature) with ONLY the power to approve a budget. The chancellor (prime minister) was NOT “responsible” to parliament and he could NOT be voted out. He got to pick his own ministers

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