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Subject: History

Timeblazers: History and More Series

"Highly Recommended. Each episode provides an interesting, engaging history lesson packaged in a kid-friendly format. Viewers can discuss what we can learn from history. What lessons have historical events taught us? How have things we take for granted today evolved over the centuries? Viewers can have fun looking Click for more

11. The Justice System: Off With His Head

11. The Justice System: Off With His Head

When Shakira (Jasmine Richards) angrily and automatically jumps to the conclusion that her missing bike has been stolen, Timeblazers Sam (Mike Ackerman) and Jen (Heidi Leigh) decide to give their friend a first-hand glimpse at crime and punishment through the ages. For the most part people throughout history pretty much tried to adhere to the policy of making the punishment equal to the crime. But, as our crew quickly learns, people were often falsely accused and, more times than not, the punishments were weird, or downright scary - like the medieval pillory post or the Vikings' trial-by-combat! Shakira ends up finding her bike - right where she left it earlier in the day. But her adventure has taught her an important lesson - to be very careful before accusing someone of committing a crime. Next, Shakira's mother falsely accuses her of scratching the family car; this is an infraction that's sure to come with dire consequences. As Jen sees it, it's a perfect example of "lock up first, ask questions later"- just like the old days when innocent women were accused of being witches and burned at the stake or when people were tortured and imprisoned if their scientific or religious views didn't match those of the time. It's no wonder people have worked so hard to create a fair legal system, not only to put the bad guys away but also to protect people from being falsely accused and punished - or worse. In the end Shakira gathers all the facts and evidence she needs to prove her innocence about the family car. It's a concept that became a crucial part of the justice system over a period of hundreds of years because - hey - everybody deserves a fair break! 05/10DE IJ 30 min.

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