Controlling Bureaucracies: Crash Course Government and Politics #17

Contrary to popular belief, the government cannot do anything it wants. As the 17th lesson of a 50-part unit exploring government and politics, a short video explains the controlling limits placed on appointments and powers in government. Great as a supplement, it encourages thought and discussion on exactly how to limit the power of the bureaucracy. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Role play the appointment process of a member of the president's cabinet to understand the limits placed on different departments 
  • Preview the lesson with a reading on checks and balances in the government 
Classroom Considerations
  • Video is less than 10 minutes in length
  • Animated thought bubble puts the concepts in motion for visual learners
  • Provides primary source quotes and facts for further research 
  • None