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Classroom guide: Driver education and the role of government in public safety

In this podcast episode Mike Dunbar and Anna Brown discuss whether students should have to complete an official driver education course or if the state should let parents teach driver education at home. 

Length:

Podcast includes 9 minutes about a bill to change New Hampshire’s driver education requirements, 3 minutes about a bill to ban pets from the driver’s seat.

Key concepts/standards

  • Trust and legitimacy in representative forms of government
    • SS:WH:8:1.1: Explore how leaders have attempted to achieve political legitimacy using methods and rationales, e.g., the Divine Right of Kings, military power, or popular elections. (Themes: E: Cultural Development, Interaction, and Change, H: Individualism, Equality and Authority)
    • SS:CV:8:1.2: Analyze the major arguments for and against representative government as distinguished from direct democracy, and discuss how, in a representative democracy, minority rights are protected. (Themes: B: Civic Ideals, Practices, and Engagement, E: Cultural Development, Interaction, and Change, H: Individualism, Equality and Authority)
  • The impact of a small number of votes in elected governments
    • SS:CV:8:4.1: Describe and analyze ways Americans can effectively participate in civic and political life at the local, state, and federal levels, e.g., problem solving, public engagement, or voting. (Themes: A: Conflict and Cooperation, B: Civic Ideals, Practices, and Engagement, J: Human Expression and Communication)
    • SS:CV:12:4.1: Demonstrate responsible practices within the political process, e.g., registering to vote or taking civic action. (Themes: B: Civic Ideals, Practices, and Engagement)

Discussion questions

  • What is ranked-choice voting? How does it differ from traditional voting?
  • Why might New Hampshire choose to enact ranked-choice voting?
  • What kinds of candidates would benefit from a switch to ranked choice voting?
  • What are some potential unintended consequences of switching to ranked choice voting?
  • How might switching to ranked choice voting give Granite Staters more trust in their government officials?
  • Do you support ranked-choice voting in New Hampshire? Why or why not?
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