The Giver Project by:mason

Government

Ten rules in my community are:

  • no murdering
  • no stealing
  • no sexual assault
  • no assault
  • no vandalism
  • no drugs
  • no alcohol until the age of 18
  • no cigarettes or tobacco products
  • no texting and driving and no drinking and driving
  • can get driver's license at age 16
  • you are innocent until proven guilty

Who makes the laws?

People bring issues to their local community leader. He/she polls the community on the issue. If over 75% of the community supports a position, he then decides on wording for a law that the community will support. He then sends the proposed law to an elected "parliament" to examine the wording, ethics of the law. They suggest proposed changes or amendments. If the community likes the changes, the law is accepted by the community. The Prime Minister then allows the law to exist. You have to have a basic understanding of politics to vote.

How are the laws enforced?

The law is followed by the government, and then enforced by the police, and the courts.

Is it a democracy? dictatorship? A monarchy?

It is a democracy. People in towns or regions vote for a person to represent their community.That person votes on issues for them. They also separately vote for the overall leader or Prime Minister.

What happens when a person in the community breaks a law?

If someone breaks a major law then they go to jail. If it is a minor infraction they will get fined, or warned. If the offender is under 16 he will go to a special young person rehabilitation place to help them. They will be provided education, caring mentors, and experts to help them deal with any issues they may have. In this world we put time into every young person to make sure they are healthy, happy, and law abiding.

Education

What will school be like in your community?

School will be like regular school not much different except no homework, (maybe no french), and probably more "hands on activities", but there will be math, science , history, and geography. P.E. will be mandatory for better health.

What will be taught and what subjects will be required?

There will be more doing and less talking about how things are done. There will be more practical work rather than just theory.

How will education serve the community?

It serves the community so it's people will have knowledge and experiences, to get a job. Jobs help the community get things done.

How will schools in your community be different from schools in your community now?

It will be similar but it will be more hands on and less writing. Education will be free including an undergraduate degree or college diploma. Further education will have to be paid for.

Family

What are families going to be like in your community?

Families will still be the same. It will be up to people to decide for themselves if they want to get married and have children or not.

How many kids should each family have? Is it regulated? Why or Why not?

Families can have as many kids as they want and it is not mandatory to have children.

Does everyone in each family live in the same dwelling? Why or why not?

They can live in the same dwelling until the parents decide if the person should move out. Because it is utopian, everyone should have an education and job they would be happy with, and can sustain themselves and their families, so they would want to move out and have their own families at some point.

Housing

What are the neighborhoods like in your community?

Neighborhoods are small areas of houses with large playing areas of open fields to play sports, have fun, and run around. There will also be ponds, and rivers, and lakes for swimming, fishing and all water sports too.

Do people live in separate houses? In townhouses? In apartments? In tents?

They are allowed to live wherever they can afford.

Describe the dwellings in your community. Are all of the houses the same or different?

Most houses are different. The apartments and some town houses may look the same.

Explain why you chose to design the houses and communities that way.

You choose your house and where you live, according to what you can afford.

Employment

Choose 5 important jobs to describe: title, function, type of person chosen for the job, how people are chosen for the job, how people are trained for the job

Job 1:

teacher: Their job is to educate and teach children. The have to go to university and get a teacher's certificate. Anyone can go to university and teacher's college for free. They need to care about children. They need to write tests to show they can teach certain subjects and know the material.

Job 2:

the garbage man: you don't even have to go to school for this job you just need your driver's license and be able to lift up a garbage bag. They make enough money to live

Job 3

doctor: They have free undergraduate education too but have to pay for extra years in medical school. They need to be experts in health and the body. They need to perform surgeries, and know what medications are needed.They also need to be very nice to patients who are very nervous.

Job 4:

engineer/construction worker: They don't have to take any extra school, so they don't have to pay for any extra schooling. They make good money and have good amount of free time.

Job 5:

dentist: they do have to do extra school so they can be qualified to be a dentist. they have to know all about theth and know how fixs them. They make lots of money also.

Money

What is your money called?

Credits

What does it look like?

Everyone uses debit/credit cards so there is no physical money. No trees are cut down and no minerals are mined. Everyone uses a credit/debit system.

How does the system work?

It works the same as now. Goods and Services have a value determined by supply and demand.

Transportation:

How do people get around in your community?

Public transit mostly. Biking and walking are encouraged and a trail and bike system and sidewalks will be built. There will be trucks to move stuff and planes to travel and move things quickly but cars and trucks won't be encouraged for normal activities.

Is there a system of mass transit? Why or why not?

Yes there is so people don't all have to pay for cars. Cars are also bad for the environment. Mass transit will run on alternative energies.

Environment/Climate

What is the climate like in your community? Tropical? Arctic? Do the seasons change?

It is always tropical and hot like Florida. There is not a lot of seasonal change. The temperature does not have extremes.

Are there animals in your community? What kinds? Are they pets or wild? Why?

Yes there are pets and wild animals. People have pets but wild animals live in their natural homes. The local people will have to find ways to allow people to build houses and not disturb the animals. They will have to pass laws to protect the environment and the animals and people.

Recreation:

How much time do most people spend on recreation each week?

5-10 hours a week

What do people do fun in your Utopian community?

They play sports. They play and hang out with friends, have family over ,go swimming, play at the beach, go fishing, snorkeling, skydiving, and lots of other things. They can do whatever they want and can afford.

Does the government control how people spend their free time?

outside of school the government does not control your playing time.

How is this different form the way people spend their free time in the community that you live in now?

it is not much different.

Technology:

Are they technologically advanced?

super advanced.

Do the people live a more simple life?

No they live a more complex life.

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