Mr. Chavis wrote his Masters thesis on using classroom simulations as a teaching
method. This program was the result of his work and research. He spent decades
refining the method and training other teachers in how to use it. I don't
think any of us that lived in the "State" under the rule of our most
beloved chairman will ever forget the experience. Part of me will always be:Chief Magistrate of the State High CourtPeriod #5Class of
1987(and do you all remember your seven principles of totalitarian
@Howard BealYes. Dave Chavis started the program. It was an
excellent program under Mr. Chavis, and he deserves credit for getting it going.
Having said that, Mr. Hadfield took the concept and ratcheted it up, expanded
it, and turned it from an amazing program into something that is life-changing
and out of this world.
Correct me if I'm wrong Bengals out there but I believe Dave Chavis started
this program clear back in the late 1970's or early 1980's and it
appears the teachers like Mr. Hadfield have faithfully followed...Good job!
Learning about Mass Conformity in High School? Thats priceless & hysterical.
Two of my children went through this simulation at BHS. It was intense! The experience raised their awareness to escalating government intrusion
in our lives. Whenever more news of the government overstepping its authority
appears, they talk about Orwell's "1984" and the Totalitarian
simulation at BHS. Sadly, so much has happened in the last year that has
reminded them of government overreach and "Big Brother", e.g. IRS
targeting of people because of political affiliations, the Feds pressuring
communication providers to provide access to monitor emails, phone calls,
etc.Mr. Hadfield is the heart and soul of this program, and is an
incredible teacher. He is an extraordinarily valuable asset to the Brighton High
I took this class when I was at BHS too, as did some of my older siblings. This
simulation really opened my eyes to the reality that some people live on a daily
basis. I agree that this should be a required class for all people. Beyond this
simulation, the class really teaches you about how governments work (or why they
don't sometimes...) People in this country often wonder why the system
seems to be failing, but few of them can even tell you how it's supposed to
working in the first place.
This was THE best class I ever had in high school. This simulation was awesome.
Every high school should have this class.
Well now we have Obamacare causing job loss or reduced hours, higher insurance,
etc etc. and Obama denies all of it. The media support him. (The same could be
said for a number of scandals like Benghazigate.) Then when the House votes to
fund the entire government, except Obamacare - and that is absolutely their
constitutional right --, the dems don't agree and shut the government down.
But they blame the GOP. All of this is very Orwellian, straight of 1984.
to be paranoid is real. Funny, that how creditability is challenged, if you
don't go with the flow.