Before you begin, your group must answer a basic philosophic question-- What is the proper role of the federal government in our country, and what functions should it perform? Answer this in the form of a blog post attached td to this site. Run your mouse over the icons in the upper right, find the one that says something about adding a discussion post, and click on that one, then add a post on your thoughts--each group member gets a grade for this, and each must post. If you all agree, each of you must contribute your own thoughts on why you answered as you did. After you have posted, you may go to the other Wikipages and read the posts of others. If you choose to repond to their posts, remember that your responses must be respectful of the thoughts of others--answer with reason, not emotion.

Now, lets get to the rest of the assignment.

It is Feb. 2013 and President Perry has asked Congress to abolish the U.S.Department of Education and hand all responsiblity for education back to the states and local communities. The House Committee on Education and the Workforce is holding hearings on this issue. You are a nationally recognized Professor of Educaiton and you have been asked to serve as an expert witness before htis committee. You plan to prepare a visual presenation. The committee may ask that you accompany it with a written summary. You must be prepared to answer questions as well.

Today--you must decide how to approach your work/ Who is going to do what? What deadlines do you need to meet along the way? After that, you can begin the project. At some point you must also decide what form do you want your presentation to take. Your teacher may decide to expand or limit your options, but, here is an initial list to consider:
  1. a Wiki, (you can use this page),
  2. Glog(which can include links), --some schools may permit the use of glog.com, in our district you'll have to use
  3. Prezi,
  4. PowerPoint,
  5. A video you produce,
  6. LiveBinde
You may want to investigate each of these. Some of them require that you set up an account, receive a verification Email, and click on a verification link.
As you research, you can paste resource links on your page to make them easy to return to, or, your teacher may wish to have you set up accounts at a social bookmarking site such as Diigo, where you can collect favorites/bookmarks, highlight them, and add your own remarks.

At the end of the project your teacher may ask that you do a group self-evaluation.

As you research, you can paste resource links on your page to make them easy to return to, or, your teacher may wish to have you set up accounts at a social bookmarking site such as Diigo, where you can collect favorites/bookmarks, highlight them, and add your own remarks.


Because you know some on the committee will disagree with you, you must be very careful to chose reliable sources and give them credit. You must decide how to approach your work/ Who is going to do what? What deadlines do you need to meet along the way?

To get you started, here is an article in favor of abolishing the Department of Education.
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