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, let's get to the rest of the assignment.

It's Feb. 2013 and Ron Paul has just taken office. He supports legilslation which would allow for "open competition in currancy". He wants to restore the gold standard.
You have been asked by the Joint Economic Committee to prepare a report on the history of the Federal Reserve System. Why was it created? What has been it's effect on the economy? Why is Ron Paul so critical of it? What are your recommendations? Should the Federal Reserve Bank conintue? Should it be reorganized, recreated, restricted?

You want to spend some time researching this topic, and reaching a conclusion. Then, keeping in mind that not all Congressmen are that bright, you need to create a presentation which will explain what you've learned--in terms even they can understand. You need to make some specific recommendations (even leaving things the way they are is a recommendation) and support your position.

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 your boss is a hard man to please.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?