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Idea for Elem. School Sign replacing the word Democracy with Republic.

My daughter attends a k-4 elementary school, public of course. In their library they have a copy of the pledge of allegiance with the words democracy cut out of craft paper about 18 inches long. I spoke with the Librarian and she gave me the ok to replace the word democracy. I have no problem going with the word REPUBLIC, but since this is an opportunity to teach, albeit k-4 graders, do any of you have any ideas that you could share. here are mine.

The word Republic with a brief explanation f the difference between democracy and a republic. With a brief blurb about the founding fathers abhorring anything like a pledge of allegiance, or the word Republic with info written inside the letters. Just the word Republic or maybe For the Republic For Liberty.

Thanks in advance.

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I appreciate your awareness. You could just have it say something like, "The United States of America is Republic". Just that simple. They just might remember something that simple. Something more might be over their heads.

The founders would be ashamed at us for what we are putting up with.

I do not think they ever had

I do not think they ever had the word republic up there at all. Unfortunately I cannot make a game, just a paper cut out of a word or words unless I can come up with something really nice that won't take to much time, or space and convince the librarian to put it up on the wall.

They replaced Republic with democracy?

Ew.

Anyway, here's my idea: explain the difference as a game. In one game, the Republic one, every player and judge follows the rules that are already in play. No changing the rules as they go along, everybody knows how to play, and the fans can cheer on. In the other game, Democracy, the players, coaches, judges and fans all vote on and change the rules whenever the majority of them want to. Nobody really knows what skills are needed for the game, since the game changes so much, the game goes more slowly, and then when someone scores a point that the majority (one team, the coaches, the judges, and the watching fans) don't like, they vote and take those points away. Also, the fans can vote on who wins, regardless of skill or sportsmanship.

I read recently that for a democracy to work, every member in the community has to be fully involved. This is not workable, since ordinary life prevents most people from deeply studying every single issue or bill that comes up, complete with complications and consequences involved with each bill. In a republic, a handful of representatives are voted on, and it's these representatives who carry the full-time load of handling the issues and bills and laws, while the ordinary people can continue won with their ordinary lives.

I know I can't be a working part of a democracy. I just look at all of the bills that come up before the House or the Senate, and my mind shuts down: I'd probably judge each one on impulse, not wisely. I'd rather handle the responsibility of choosing someone wiser than myself to represent me, then just simply see after the fact the results of that representatives' choices.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine

Shameless self bump for

Shameless self bump for ideas. I know people are probably at work now, but any ideas or criticisms of mine?