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ERIC Number: ED099301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 14
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The "ERA" Comes to New Columbia. [A Simulation.]
Rabin, Jack; Dodd, Donald B.
A game designed to introduce secondary and college students to the legislative process and the issues surrounding the Equal Rights Amendment through simulation and role playing is presented. The simulation places the student in the role of a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee of the State Legislature of the hypothetical state of New Columbia. At stake is whether or not the committee will recommend to the State the passage of the Equal Rights Amendment which states that "equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the U.S. or any state on account of sex." The student plays one of seven roles corresponding to the many pro and con opinions that have been expressed about the amendment. Step by step procedures lead students into three rounds (taking approximately 40 minutes) where they: (1) review the task in front of them, (2) attend a strategy-negotiation session where coalitions and compromises can be made, and (3) attend a voting session where debate and voting will finally take place. Once a majority vote has been obtained, the committee's task is concluded, and a feedback session can begin where strategies and opinions are discussed. Materials consist of a content outline and role playing instruction. (Author/DE)
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