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LAW MAKING A discussion of how rules and laws are written and interpreted. TM. What is a law?. A Statute is a Law. . TM. What is the Supreme Law of the Land?. The United States Constitution. TM. What does this mean?. The Constitution delineates the powers of each branch of government.
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LAW MAKING A discussion of how rules and laws are written and interpreted TM
What is a law? A Statute is a Law. TM
What is the Supreme Law of the Land? The United States Constitution TM
What does this mean? The Constitution delineates the powers of each branch of government. TM
The Three Branches of Government • The Legislative Branch makes the laws TM
The Three Branches of Government • The Executive Branch executes the laws TM
The Three Branches of Government • The Judicial Branch interprets the laws TM
What else does “Supreme Law of the Land” mean? Laws enacted by the legislative branch cannot conflict with the United States Constitution. TM
Unconstitutional If conflict exists, the law will be invalid as unconstitutional. X VS. TM
Consider the following proposed new rule for your school: No Animals are Allowed on School Grounds TM
What do you think of this rule? Why is this rule in place? TM
Ask yourself: • What is the rule intended to accomplish? • Will the rule create a better school? • Will the rule keep students safe? TM
Ask yourself: • Is the rule reasonable? • Is it clear and easy to follow? • What should be the penalty for disobeying the rule? TM
Ask yourself: • Is the rule fair? • Can the rule be applied to everyone equally? TM
Class Discussion • You will serve as judges. • Read each of the following factual patterns. Discuss and decide: • Does the fact pattern violate the rule? • How does the rule apply in each fact pattern? • If the pattern violates the rule, what discipline would you impose if you were the principal? TM
Fact pattern #1: A teacher would like to bring in mice for a classroom science project. The mice will be kept in a cage. TM
Fact pattern #2: A parent walks her child to school each morning with the family dog on a leash. They walk onto school grounds to ensure that the child arrives safely. TM
Fact pattern #3: A visually impaired student brings her companion dog to school to help her move from class to class. TM
Fact pattern #4: A police dog enters campus with a police officer to investigate a crime. TM
Fact pattern #5: A hungry, abandoned dog wanders on campus and a student feeds him leftovers from the cafeteria. TM
No Animals are Allowed on School Grounds Conclusion: rule is poorly drafted. It doesn’t allow for exceptions and is too broad. Does your school have rules like this? TM
Review the questions asked earlier: • What is the rule intended to accomplish? • Will the rule create a better school? • Will the rule keep students safe? TM
Questions to consider with every law / rule: • Is the rule fair? Can it be applied to everyone equally? • Should there be exceptions to the rule. If so, what? • Should the rule be written differently? How would you rewrite it? TM
Here is your opportunity: • Rewrite the rule so that it is: • fair and reasonable • clear and easy to understand • Post the rules around the room and discuss TM
Consider: What would life be like in a school, city, or country without rules? TM
Anarchy Would you want to live in a society without rules? TM