High school seniors live under totalitarian regime for two weeks

Published: Sunday, Oct. 6 2013 8:00 p.m. MDT

Since the simulation, Hadfield and Roberds said students have started asking questions about current events, and they’ve heard some comments about the government shutdown.

Throughout the simulation, students had to memorize and recite seven totalitarian principles, aspects of which the students started to think they might see now in America. The teachers avoid taking political stances but encourage the questions.

“That’s one thing I’ve heard a lot of kids say, that they’re scared that if they become too reliant on the government that they’ll lose their freedom,” Hadfield said. “I don’t know that that came straight out of our simulation, but I think what it does is it makes them think, 'Am I going to be free?'"

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