Activity 4: Unequally sized electorates
4a Your teacher will divide the class into three uneven groups (green, blue and red). The groups should have the following numbers and should sit well away from each other: green = 5 people; blue = 3 people; red = the rest of the class. In your groups, try the following exercise:
- Each group nominates one person to be the representative or spokesperson for the group.
- Each student, except the representatives, should write down something that concerns them about the classroom or the class, for example, the chairs are too uncomfortable or the room needs painting.
- Each student voices their concern with the group's representative. The representative has to listen to the concerns and think about how they could be addressed. The three representatives meet at the front of the classroom and give a summary of the concerns of their group.
- Each of the three representatives has an equal say about the most urgent thing to be done to the classroom.
4b It should be obvious to you that there were some problems with this system. As a class, discuss the difficulties this system had. Your teacher will write the ideas on the board.
4c Which individuals in the class, apart from the representatives, had the most say: those in red group, those in blue group or those in green group?
4d How could this system be made fairer and more workable?
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