We are not a PURE democracy. We are a constitutional republic, meaning that
those who represent are constrained by the constitution.However its
worth noting that a republic is an indirect democracy.
Type of government of the United States from the CIA World Factbook:
Constitution-based federal republic; strong democratic tradition. Why all this
sudden angst about democracy? I can understand why "socialism" might
be considered a bad word, but I am stunned that "democracy" has now
become one. I am thinking that we should be VERY careful from now on who we
elect as our representatives to this Republic. I vote that we elect ones who
don't think democracy is a bad word. I'm also thinking that we need to make
some serious changes in our state representation. By the way, does this
legislation carry the full descript of the government? FEDERAL Republic? If we
are going to be accurate, let's be accurate.
For the love of Pete, our representatives should be able to pass the high school
U.S. government course before interfering in our schools.The U.S. is
a Republic (with a great Constitution, yes, so we are a Constitutional
Republic). We are also a democracy - the citizens vote. But we are not a
direct democracy, where citizens vote on every law. We are a
"representative democracy," where we vote in representatives. The
terms "representative democracy" and "republic" are
interchangeable.The state legislature should absolutely NOT seek
more control of public schools until they themselves understand their own jobs.
The schools are being buried in requirements. The teachers are spending time
testing and testing. There is less time for teaching. The legislature needs to
stop giving the teachers more to teach. Although I have no problem with making
sure things are taught correctly, why do they need to pass a law about it? Also,
consider the cost. They'll probably have to create something that needs to be
printed and given thoughout the state. Every year they burn all of the testing
material. What a waste of money. If a teacher wants to cheat, believe me, there
are ways to do it even if they don't see the tests ahead of time. Also, if a
teacher is not suppose to teach to the test, what are they suppose to teach
about. The papers that must be signed each to to promise that the teachers won't
cheat. Why don't they just have you raise your arm in front of witnesses and
promise not to do it. I'm glad I'm retired. My friends at my previous school are
going absolutely nuts! Go away legislature. Stop wasting teaching time.
Once again the Utah Legislature, specifically Morley, needs to stop
micromanaging education!This bill is purely an attack on the Alpine
School District's mission statement because they used the word Democracy in
Cut the school budget, then add required curriculum. Fiscal hypocrisy or
The proposed amendment reads, "Instruction in American history and
government shall include the study of: forms of government, such as a democracy,
monarchy, and oligarchy; and the United States' form of government, a
republic."I recommend amending the amendment to add theocracy,
plutocracy, and corporatism to the list. The kids might as well learn about the
forms of state government, too.
All because a bunch of parents in American Fork threw a tizzy fit over a word.
Wow, what a waste of money and time. Is there anything important that the
legislature needs to work on? Maybe we should cut a week or two out of their