Declaration of Independence

"What's the Purpose of Government?"

What is the Purpose of Government?" Here's a question that not many 7th graders have ever thought about.  They did think about it in my class last week, however, as we began to think about why the founding fathers felt the need to declare independence from Great Britain.  As usual, some of the typical responses to this question include things like:

"...to control the people."

"...to keep order."

"...to keep people safe."

Some students even brought up issues of the economy, that a government is necessary for a strong economy.

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