High school seniors live under totalitarian regime for two weeks

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  • DrGroovey Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 10:13 p.m.

    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 Court
    Period #5
    Class of 1987

    (and do you all remember your seven principles of totalitarian regimes?)

  • Laurels Sandy, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 7:37 p.m.

    @Howard Beal

    Yes. 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.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 6:58 p.m.

    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!

  • Wally West SLC, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 12:20 p.m.

    Learning about Mass Conformity in High School? Thats priceless & hysterical.

  • Laurels Sandy, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 9:24 a.m.

    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 community.

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 9:08 a.m.

    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.

  • Arm of Orion Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    This was THE best class I ever had in high school. This simulation was awesome. Every high school should have this class.

  • RG Buena Vista, VA
    Oct. 7, 2013 6:53 a.m.

    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.

  • george of the jungle goshen, UT
    Oct. 7, 2013 6:29 a.m.

    to be paranoid is real. Funny, that how creditability is challenged, if you don't go with the flow.