Community Organization Panel
Honors: Pick your piece of rhetorical discourse and send me the author, title and the link (if possible) by Monday.
ALL Students: Talk to AT LEAST 2 more people about what they think the major issues of injustice facing Durango are. Think outside the box in terms of who you talk to.
Justice Project Brainstorm Day 2
Let's re-cap yesterday's seminar:
OK! Now, let's do a bit of research to help us start to understand other issues facing Durango:
Durango Fire Department
Durango Fire Department challenges (3 minutes): This week's video featuring Fire Chief Hal Doughty discussing how Durango Fire's growth is outpacing revenue
Today's Modified Schedule
8:25-9:10 1st period
9:13-9:58 2nd period
10:01-10:31 All School Meeting (Commons)
10:34-11:19 3rd period
11:21-12:06 4th period
Announcement: SAT/ACT Prep class opportunity!
What is more important to you about Animas's educational model? Hands-on projects or college-preparation? Why? Is this a FALSE dichotomy and if so, how can we do both well?
Morality and Politics of Justice Project Brainstorm!
1. Why am I considering switching things up this year for this project?!
2. What was my original plan for this project from here on?
3. What is one other idea?-- Attempt to bring about more justice around one issue in Durango, specifically homelessness.
4. Let's go over the GOALS and ESSENTIAL questions I want this project to address:
The Brainstorm Process
Today's driving question is: How do we create a more student-driven, community-engaged, relevant, transformative project that achieves all of the above goals and seeks to answer the project essential questions?
Step 1: Individual brainstorm time
Step 2: Seminar
Once we've had a chance to brainstorm, we'll do a fishbowl seminar to share out your ideas from the brainstorm and try to get to more specific ideas.
Step 3: Outer circle share-out
Step 4: Where do we go from here?
Test Inspiration! (See video below, 2:00-4:00)
"Today, you are the greatest group of philosophers! Today, you were meant to ace this exam. This is your time! I'm sick of hearing how complicated Immanuel Kant's ideas are. You are all brilliant and are no match for his fancy word choice and categorical imperatives. Now go out there and ace that exam!"
Test Prep Day!
Which philosophy most resonates with your own values/beliefs/prior ideologies? Why?
Study Groups: "Practice Application" Activity: Discuss the various social/political dilemmas through the lens of each philosophy
2. Whole class discussion on the "practice application" activity as needed
3. Test Prep "Stations"
Station 1: Flashcards
Make flashcards or a quizlet that include:
Station 2: Review your notes
Review the powerpoint lecture, your notes, your study group's notes and/or key passages from Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? As you do so, jot down questions you have. Try to get help from peers/Ashley in answering those questions.
Station 3: More application!
With a small group, come up with your own moral dilemmas. These can be hypothetical situations like the Trolley Car dilemma, or they can be real political issues like Hurricane Charlie and price gouging, etc... Work together to discuss how various philosophers would justify what they think the most just course of action or governmental policy would be. Be sure to use the key terms associated with each philosophy in your explanations.
Read this checklist for test review.
1. Go over your questions
2. Deontology lecture from yours truly! Take notes!
3. Ch. 5 Study Group Discussion
4. If time remains: Rawls' philosophy taken to the extreme: an Egalitarian Nightmare?! We'll check out slides 26-31 of the powerpoint and talk about a short story called "Harrison Bergeron"
Chapter 6 Study Groups + Professor Roberts-Cady's Lecture on Libertarianism v. Rawls
Summarize some key takeaways from Professor Roberts-Cady's lecture: What were some new ideas or interesting things you learned? What Ah-has! did you have? Or what questions did she raise for you?
John Rawls and Justice as Fairness
Let's take a moment to review the "Veil of Ignorance" concept that John Rawls uses to justify why equality is the most important principle in ensuring a just democratic society!
Think about your own life. What are your biases and prejudices you would have to be ignorant of in your OWN life in order to make the most fair plan for ensuring all students had an equal chance at getting into college?
1. Starter share-out
2. Lecture: Finish the powerpoint slides on John Rawls and begin Deontology
3. Chapter 3 Study Group time!
4. Time to read chapters 6 and 5
Hey, you! Check out today's #RadLearningGoals:
Understand the basic principles of Libertarianism, Deontology and Rawls' Justice as Fairness
Should the government legalize narcotics? After all, some adults want to use drugs privately. Shouldn't they be allowed to? Defend your response and try to incorporate a moral philosophy to support your reasoning? Utilitarianism or Libertarianism
Today's learning goal
Understand the key differences and similarities between Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill's philosophies!
One Philosophy, Two Different Moral Judgements
Step 1: Watch the CNN report on the Supreme Court case, Morse v. Frederick (2002) aka “Bong Hits For Jesus”
Step 2: Answer the two following questions in order to determine the morally correct court ruling on this case from John Stuart Mill’s utilitarian perspective AND Jeremy Bentham’s utilitarian perspective?
Discuss the starter
Discussion of the "life boat scenario" from the beginning of Ch. 2
Remember the "lifeboat" scenario from last night's reading? Yeah, sure you do. It's the one about the English sailors adrift at sea, at the brink of starvation?
Time to work on the study group discussion questions for Ch. 2
Powerpoint Lecture time!
Class Closing: Go over your understanding of today's learning goal with a partner.
Humanities 11 Teacher at Animas High School