Today, the revolutionary plot thickened.
One by one, edicts restricting educational freedom arrived from King George III.
Edict One: On hearing the Royal Buzzer, subjects must assemble within one minute.
Edict Two: Before breaks in the schedule, line up in order of height and sing “God save the King.”
Edict Three: One Khan Academy skill must be mastered per day – from home — or a tax of one Eagle Buck must be paid.
Each Eagle did deep research on three eighteenth century American colonists: two Patriots and one Loyalist. Then choosing to stand in the shoes of one of these revolutionary leaders, wrote a petition to the King, asking for the edicts to stop. Some letters were respectful; others threatening; all were critiqued by the group and the most historically accurate and powerful letters chosen to post.
Soon the class learned that they could pass an Educational Declaration of Independence by a two thirds vote. But declaring such a revolution would lead to the rolling of a six sided die: a roll of a 1 or 2 and the revolution would succeed and all educational freedoms would be restored; a more likely 3, 4, 5 or 6 and the revolution would fail. If the revolution failed, a second die would determine whether a onerous set of penalties would be imposed by the King for as short as three weeks or as long as seven month.
The Eagles were in a bind; just like the American colonists of 1776. Yet the edicts kept coming.
Edict Four required Eagles to remain silently seated at a their desks.
Edict Five asked Eagles to raise a hand to ask permission from a Guide for even the most trivial request.
Edict Six meant a one Eagle Buck tax on lunch.
The usually light atmosphere became oppressive. The furious colonists began to fight amongst themselves, suggesting traitors in their midst (some did try to sell out to the King, asking for special treatment.)
Some Eagles put on war paint to prepare their own Tea Party.
Revolutionary committees formed and emotional speeches rang out.
Eventually six delegates were elected to the Continental Congress; some intent on war; others recommending careful negotiation. All hid their identities when a representative of the King appeared, fearing retribution from the monarch.
The day ended with no resolution and more edicts expected tomorrow – perhaps even a revolution and a fateful roll of the die – especially given this final silent Mocking-jay protest against tyranny (you have to have seen The Hunger Games to get this one!)