This past week we participated in an activity involving M&M's (or skittles) and we got to participate in a simulation involving taxes. During the simulations across 7 classes times 40 students per class, the most common phrase I heard: THAT'S. NOT. FAIR. Oh how beautiful that was to my ears. We are studying various events leading up to the American Revolutionary War. Perhaps the number one cause of the American Revolutionary War was, in fact, TAXES. One tax after the next after the next after the next. Those in the America's were FURIOUS. Taxation without representation IS unfair. Talk to your kids about the simulation and the frustration they may have felt and what it was like for them to pay taxes by way of candy. I posed the question to them that if they had say in the taxes presented and the amounts they had to pay, would they have been okay with paying them. Without fail, they all said yes. Taxation with representation is a concept they could wrap their minds around and appreciate. Taxation without representation is a concept, thankfully, they did NOT want or desire. This simulation is one of my favorites each year because it truly dawns on students that we must be vigilant in watching our government and how they tax, what they tax and where the tax is going.
My name is Captain Danny Horne. I am going into my 12th year of teaching for the 2019-2020 school year. I have a Masters Degree from BYU in Educational Leadership, a Bachelor's from UVU in History/Military Science and I am endorsed to teach Special Education (taught it for 5 years), Gifted & Talented (A.L.L.), Coach, and to be an Administrator in schools. In other words, I am more than qualified to do what I do. I'm close to being done with a second Master's Degree, but have put that on hold as I explore Doctorate programs. I speak Polish, some English, love learning and speaking Spanish with students and I'm learning Italian because ...why not? I am also the Varsity Head Coach for Westlake Lacrosse, which is a great honor! I get to do two of my passions in life outside of being a husband and father: Teaching and Coaching.
The purpose of this blog is to reflect on lessons taught in class and help all of us grow and connect better with people and events in history so that we may be more fully impacted, inspired and empowered.