Day 1: Representation

OVERVIEW
 
The Beginning of Televised House Floor Debate               

33 years ago this week, on March 19, 1979, the U.S. House of Representatives inaugurated live televised, “gavel-to-gavel” debate on the House Floor. Representative Albert Gore, Jr., of Tennessee was the first Member to speak before the cameras on the historic occasion. “It is a solution for the lack of confidence in government,” Congressman Gore said, alluding to the public’s post-Watergate demand for a more transparent government. “The marriage of this medium and of our open debate have the potential, Mr. Speaker, to revitalize representative democracy.”

Seven years later, in 1986, the Senate followed suit when it allowed live television coverage of its proceedings.

 
CRITICAL THINKING QUESTION
 
What impact should social media have on the way legislators represent their constituents?
 
 
THE ASSIGNMENT
 
Create a Google Doc together and submit answers to questions in steps 1, 2, and 3 as a group. (Daily Grade, part 1 - 60 points)
IMPORTANT NOTE: Each student should complete all three readings in order to effectively answer Step 5.
 
 
* STEP 1: Read pp.168 and 169: "The Nature and Style of Representation" in your textbook (ALL). Define each of the reading IDs in the list below (as a group) in your own words:
* Delegate Model of Representation
* Trustee Model of Representation
Politico Model of Representation
Conscience Model of Representation
 
 
* STEP 2: Read pp. 177-180: "The Legislator as Trustee" by Senator John F. Kennedy in your reader (ALL). Answer each of the following questions below (as a group) in your own words. Please cite the text and answer the "WHY?" question.
 
* 1. To what extent do legislators have a moral obligation to give priority to the nation's interests as a whole?
2. To what extent is the judgment of legislators superior to the collective judgment of their constituents?
3. Which kind of legislator is more likely to be re-elected: the delegate or the trustee?
 
4. Senator Kennedy wrote Profiles in Courage (the book from which this excerpt is taken) in 1955. What impact does the development of social media TODAY have on Senator Kennedy's arguments regarding the legislator as trustee?
 
 
* STEP 3: Read pp. 183-187: "The Legislator as Delegate" in your reader (ALL). Answer each of the following questions below (as a group) in your own words. Please cite the text and answer the "WHY?" question.
 
* 1. To what extent do legislators have a moral obligation to directly express the will of the people in each vote they take?
2. To what extent is it possible for legislators to directly express the will of the people in all the votes they take?
3. Should a legislator act as a delegate to the fullest extent possible, contradicting the popular will only when absolutely necessary?
 
4. The Virginia General Assembly published this statement in 1812. What impact does the development of social media TODAY have on their arguments regarding the legislator as delegate?
 
 
STEP 4: In your own words, TWEET about the most compelling style of representation and WHY... add the hashtag #ParishGOV. ONE TWEET PER GROUP, please. 'Tweeters' - please represent your group as a delegate: collaborate to find a group consensus before posting your tweet! (Daily Grade, part 2 - 7 points)
 
 
* STEP 5: Go to our BLOG, read the prompt and post a thoughtful comment. (Daily Grade, part 3 - 33 points)
NOTE: Each individual student should complete Step 5!!
 
 
 
IF YOU FINISH EARLY...
 
2. Continue working on Policy Briefs
3. Connect with GOV students from around the USA. Go to OSG's AP US Government and Politics Blog. Choose a student post - read carefully and leave a thoughtful comment that could lead to discussion. (Daily Grade?!?)
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