STUDENT FEATURE: “Gifted League of Nations”

“Gifted League of Nations”

This is Andrea S. reporting from Mr. Kievit’s classroom!  

Recently our A.C.E. students took part in a series of games that taught us about the “League of Nations”.  What is that, you ask?  

The League of Nations was a group formed after World War One for the purpose of preventing future wars by encouraging disarmament and the peaceful resolution of international disputes.  It also hoped to solve economic and social problems through multinational cooperation.

The first game that we played involved recreating a basic example of what happened within the League.  We were separated into different groups (countries) and needed to construct both positive and negative laws that would impact each group. As the game went on, countries gained and lost rewards through these laws, and near the end we were given “veto” powers to automatically override one law.  This game showed us how difficult and frustrating it is for many different groups to work together. 

The second game, created by two of our awesome 8th grade classmates, had multiple scenarios and involved a pair of students picking one to act out. The rest of the class then had to come up with a solution that could be agreed upon by each student. If anyone disagreed with the solution, we would have to come together and offer up a new solution…all within a five-minute time frame!  This game showed us that making unanimous decisions can be extremely hard and why democracy and majority votes are a popular form of governing.

Both these games showed us how the League of Nations worked and why it ultimately failed.

Written by: Andrea S., 8th grade ACE student