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Formative Assessment

Activity 3: Formative Assessment

Use the article from strategy 3 to answer the following questions.

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  1. What problem is the news article discussing?
  2. Why is the problem important?
  3. So far as the problem is concerned,
    1. Should one level of government have the main responsibility for dealing with the problem? If so, what level of government do you choose? Justify your answer based on law and other relevant factors.
    2. Should more than one level of government share responsibility for dealing with the problem? Justify your answer based on law or other relevant factors.
    3. What level or levels of government should have no responsibility for dealing with the problem? Justify your answer based on law or other relevant factors.
    4. Should no level of government have any responsibility for dealing with the problem? Justify your answer based on law or other relevant factors.
  4. What do you propose as a solution to the problem?
  5. What are costs and benefits of your proposed solution?

    Note to teacher: As costs and benefits are contemplated, consider the likely consequences of your solution and how your proposed solution relates to values we associate with democratic political systems, such as (but not limited to) freedom, justice, equality, and the general welfare. The fact is that a solution that is based upon and supportive of one value may weaken or be inconsistent with another value. Sometimes, we have to make choices between two values which we happen to cherish, which might place us on the horns of a dilemma. It is also important to define our terms clearly because different people may define the values in different ways. For example, one person might define equality in the sense of everyone having equality of opportunity, whereas another person may define equality as everyone having access to basic human material needs, such as food, clothing, shelter, medical care, etc., and a third person might think of equality as everyone having certain fundamental human political rights.

  6. Why should your proposed solution be adopted?

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