“When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness… whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…”
– These famous and historic words were written by Thomas Jefferson on July 4th, 1776, as part of the United States Declaration of Independence.
Warriors began this week in the studio under the tyranny of King George. New proclamations and harsh taxes were imposed by his Royal Governors as the beloved studio had transformed into Colonial THA. The first four royal proclamations included: upon hearing the bell, patriots must line up in height order within two minutes, while loyalists could line up in any order within three minutes. When assembling, all colonists must say, “Hail to the King!” Also, loyalists may sit on chairs during assemblies, patriots would be fined 10% of an Integrity Point. While some loyalists were initially enjoying the partiality, the straws that broke the camel’s back were King George’s taxes. Everyone who ate lunch had to pay the 10% tax (of an integrity point) . Many Warriors, patriots and loyalists alike, decided to boycott and go on a hunger strike, despite a sudden new declaration that Loyalists would not be taxed the first day. There was also a Pencil Tax – 10% of an IP for sharpening a pencil in the studio. Some Warriors smuggled mechanical pencils into the studio from home.
After four days of unfair proclamations, harsh taxes, and unlawful oppression, the colonists had enough. Starving, angry, and with all odds against them, the colonists united, loyalists and patriots, young and old, to draft and sign their own Declaration of Independence and revolt against King George. In order to revolt, according to the Colonial THA rules, all Warriors had to sign the document and then there would be a role of dice. In the same way that George Washington’s army had to defy almost impossible odds, Warriors had to role a one or two in order to win the revolution. A 3, 4, 5, or 6 meant the rebellion was defeated and harsher penalties and taxes would follow until the next role of the dice.
Click HERE to see how it all went down!
The reflective discussion that followed the end of Colonial THA was incredible. Warriors gained newfound respect, admiration, and appreciation of our founding fathers and the atrocities they faced that led to the birth of our great nation. They realized how they take many freedoms granted and how they are quick to divide themselves.
Colonial THA was just one of the many highlights this week! We had UN Speeches, a Holiday Party with our amazing THA Family, we had a Geo-Political Expert, an Immigration Lawyer share his Hero’s Journey and provide insight on our Quest, and so much more! Hope you enjoy this week in pictures…
This Thursday, Warriors transformed into UN Delegates that generated an awareness to various problems in the world like hunger, poverty, water scarcity, wastes, lack of support for refugees, etc. and proposed solutions at a UN Conference.
More Quest Time Pictures:
Woodworking with Mr. Liam after school:
In order to establish a culture of Excellence, to foster a growth mindset and commitment to continuous improvement, Warriors are encouraged to gather feedback and continuous improve whatever they are working on. The THA culture pushes them to create multiple prototypes, written drafts, etc. In this spirit, Warriors were challenged throughout the week to rehearse their UN Speeches and get feedback from their fellow travelers…
After their UN Speeches, we had an amazing holiday party with the wonderful THA family. We played a fun ice-breaker and ate delicious food prepared by all the THA parents.
Other highlights this week: Town Hall, Art, PE, and a new member of the THA Family! See you next week!