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's Feb. 2013 and President Newt Gingrich wants to re-examine the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy of the U.S. armed forces in regard to homosexuals. While some want to change this policy to one of total acceptance, President Gingrich seems to think that gays should be banned from serving in the military. Secondly, President Gingrich supports a Congressional regulation banning women from direct ground combat units. You are an aid to a Congressman who serves on the Armed Services Committee that might be drawn into both of these questions. Your boss has not pubically taken a stand on either of these issues and is undecided about where he should stand. He has asked your group to prepare a report on the history of gays and women in the military. He has asked you to take a position on both of these issues and build the best arguement you can for your position. Further, he wants you to do a presentation stating your case as strongly as possible, but, his memory is short, so he may want you to produce a written report.

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, in our district you'll have to use
  3. Prezi,
  4. PowerPoint,
  5. A video you produce,
  6. LiveBinder
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.
Because you know your boss is a hard man to please, you must be very careful to chose reliable sources and give them credit. 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.

If your boss (teacher) prefers a report on gay marriage, Newt G. has also opposed that. He is quoted at as saying;

"I believe that marriage is between a man and woman. It has been for all of recorded history and I think this [gay marriage] is a temporary aberration that will dissipate. I think that it is just fundamentally goes against everything we know." Sep. 30, 2011 Newt Gingrich is a good place to start your research on this one.