Tuesday, March 28, 2017

By the Numbers

Much of the hour today we spent working on our Civil Disobedience pictures.  If you were absent today, or left yours at school, and need to finish, you can see some examples




If you were absent, just do it on a piece of paper.  Draw a picture showing an example of civil disobedience from the movie.  Write an explanation of what you drew, AND what makes it civil disobedience.

By the numbers:

I mentioned in yesterday's post that the number of people killed during the partition of India was between several hundred thousand and 2 million.

That's a lot of people for a war, let alone a "non-violent movement."  (In quotes, because in spite of Gandhi, there was a lot of violence... but you got that...)

...I just looked up some war numbers.  You can check them out.  There are a LOT of major wars with fewer than a million (or two million) deaths.

(And we're only talking about the deaths during the partition...)

The American Revolution (depending on the source) had a total of somewhere between 55,000 and 100,000 people killed.  (See here, for instance.)  That's SO much less than 2 million.

Of course, the population was smaller back then, and should be taken into account.

Still, with all the similarities between the two: fighting the British, wanting freedom, wanting to keep money within the continent/country...  It's easy to see why the line at the end of Gandhi, "He thinks he's failed" resonates.

I wasn't sure how much my students knew about the US Revolution, so I played some School House Rock while they were working:

Students can get extra credit if they read and discuss this post with an adult.  To get credit, write down three questions you answered, and write down the answers.  (Or three discussion points.)  Have the adult you read and discussed the blog with sign the paper you write on.  Make sure your name is on it, and turn it in tomorrow.

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