Realistic Simulations Involving Civil Discourse and Complex Decision-Making
Civil Discourse and Difficult Decisions is a national initiative of the federal courts that brings high school and college students into federal courthouses for legal proceedings stemming from situations in which law-abiding young people can find themselves. These court hearings (not mock trials) are realistic simulations that showcase jury deliberations in which all students participate, using civil discourse skills. Teachers can get started by downloading the simulations agenda and complete activity package. The website presents an activity that teachers can use with any case in the educational resources section. In the activity, Elonis v. US is the landmark case. It is the first time that the US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving the constitutionality of prosecuting potential threats in a social media context. This First Amendment activity applies the landmark Supreme Court case to a teen conflict posted on Facebook. Along with the agenda and activity, the website presents a video in which federal judges share insights on civility when dealing with difficult and often emotional issues in the law and in life.
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The Supreme Court Historical Society offers both students and teachers opportunities to invest in their social studies and civic programs, such as The Supreme Court Summer Institute for Teachers, and a new program, “The Supreme Court and My Hometown.”