Using a possible federal government shutdown in lessons

03/6/2011 | NYTimes.com

Teachers can use the debate over a possible federal government shutdown for lessons on the role, size and scope of government, according to this New York Times blog post. The writers suggest several activities, such as asking students to research the Democratic and Republican philosophies on the role of government. Students also could research the history of the federal government or hypothesize about what the effects of a government shutdown might be.

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