If you missed Pre-ToK session 6…

Here is the makeup assignment (It’s different from what your peers did in class.).

  1. Consider the Heinz dilemma.  Write your response and explanation to what you would do if you were in Heinz’s place.  Be sure to justify your answer with a rationale.
  2. Then, read the explanation of Kohlberg’s Stages of Moral Development (and compare them to Piaget’s stages of cognitive development).
  3. Considering your response to the Heinz dilemma, determine the stage that you are at.  List it and explain your assessment.
  4. Think about what that means.  Write your responses to the following: According to Heinz, where are you on the spectrum?  Where do you want to be?  Why would that level be best?
  5. Evaluate Kohlberg’s stages and explain whether or not you think they have merit.  Are they legitimate?  Is there a better evaluative tool for discussing moral actions?
  6. Now that you’ve done some thinking, you’re ready to show off.  Address, in a quality paragraph, the following questions:
    • What should guide our moral decision-making?
    • What constitutes moral behavior?
    • How should the ‘goodness’ of an act be determined?

Of Mice and Men

As we consider the film version of John Steinbeck’s masterpiece, the focus of your notes should be about the difficult decision that George faces at the end of the film.  As you take notes, be sure to notice dialogue regarding:

  • The friendship between Lennie and George
  • The ‘kindness’ George shows Lennie by getting him a puppy
  • The ‘kindness’ shown to Candy by Carlson
  • The kindness shown to Crooks

Good Luck on your tests tomorrow.

A Man For All Seasons

In ToK this week we will be watching the film “A Man For All Seasons” which won six Academy Awards in 1966. Based on a play by Robert Bolt, the story illuminates the struggles faced by Sir Thomas More.

Students who wish to include the film in what they write about for our unit test should view the film and try to answer/consider (in writing) the following prompts:

Day 1: (write responses, then view chapters 1-6)

  • What good is your word?
  • What should you do when faced with competing responsibilities – to family, to friends, to God/religion, and to country?

Days 2 & 3:

  • Do we have an obligation to tell the truth?  What about when the truth is hurtful?  What if the truth shows our own guilt?
  • Do we have an obligation to take care of our own lives as the first priority?  Or is truth the first priority?