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At home, Laurie tells her parents about The Wave. Mrs. Saunders finds the experiment off-putting. She thinks it sounds too militaristic, and it seems like an odd way to teach history. “We’ve raised you to be an individual” (50), she says. However, Laurie is enthusiastic about The Wave. She thinks the class can benefit from some team spirit, and she points out that no one has picked on Robert since the experiment started. Mr. Saunders says that learning about working together as a team is how America was made. He notes pilgrims had to cooperate and act toward a common dream.