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I Second the Motion

by John Raymond Shannon - 1939

A SEVENTH-GRADE class in social studies was organized into a parliamentary group which met in formal session once each week and went through an hour's program of activities, largely on its own initiative, with only side-line guidance by the teacher. When, in the course of the procedure, it seemed evident that a motion was in order, the pupils sat reluctantly and waited for some bolder member of their group to expose himself and, like Arnold of Winkelried, bear the brunt. After each motion was made, however, a veritable host of underlings sprang to their feet and in unison cried, "Mr. Chairman," in a stampede for recognition of the chair to second the motion. Few were assertive enough to introduce motions, but many sought the satisfaction of expressing themselves when there seemed to be less risk.

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 5 Number 46, 1939, p. 287-288
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 13954, Date Accessed: 5/28/2020 1:46:10 AM

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