America vs. The World – They’re Really Very Similar

06 Mar

ImageThis week, I’m in New York for a Model United Nations (Model UN) conference. If you don’t know what Model UN is, it’s where students take on the role of UN delegates from the various UN member states and debate topics with the end goal of passing resolutions. It actually reminds me a lot of what we’ve been studying in our Government class except on a slightly larger scale.

The unit we just covered talked about how Americans agree on most fundamental ideas such as life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness but differ in thought over the smaller details like how these things will be fulfilled. Similarly, the delegates to the UN generally believe in the same principles – nuclear weapons are bad, all people deserve certain rights, etc., and work towards achieving a world where these things are recognized by all.

The conference starts tomorrow (Wednesday, March 8), and I’m very excited to see how everything plays out and to see if I can draw any more connections between the international scale and the domestic scale (I’m sure I will). My school will be representing Kyrgyzstan, an ex-Soviet country that borders China, so it will be interesting to argue from the point of view of a small, not very powerful country when we’re so used to being American.


Posted by on March 6, 2012 in Learning


2 responses to “America vs. The World – They’re Really Very Similar

  1. GOV_MichaelB (@GOV_MichaelB)

    March 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    I think that is so cool that there is a “mock” UN conference for students. I feel like you are spot on with the priorities of most countries in comparison with the US. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is something everyone wants, but I think that some countries knowingly cannot have this freedom we have, and become jealous. UN conferences should be the answer to achieving this, but instead most resort to violence and civil wars and other awful conflicts that turn global. It’s unfortunate, but that’s life.

  2. Heather Nadolny (@hnadolny)

    March 15, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I hope your Model UN conference went well- perhaps that would be a good follow up post? 🙂 Both Model UN and Mock Trial are such great things for high school students to do.

    Keep up the good work!


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