Pre-ToK makeup

There are two sets of instructions below.  Be sure to read carefully to see which applies to you.

If you missed the entirety of the Pre-ToK meeting, there are six steps to do:

  1. Consider how you determine what is right. Write a brief paragraph that explains how you go about choosing what is right in difficult situations.
  2. Interview both a parent and a peer, transcribe their responses to the same question for consideration: how do you know what is right?  Explain, in writing, how their views are both similar and different from your own.
  3. Write a paragraph about a difficult decision you have had to make. Did you actually do what was right?  Why or why not?  What process have you used to determine if things were right?
  4. Justify your choice for the Trolley Car Problem in writing. Be sure to include your rationale for why this action is morally right.  You should include references to philosophies/philosophers in your response.  In order to know more (before you write), you must do step two.
  5. Research other philosophies on the Trolley Problem website.
  6. Then, consider your response to the following scenario. Then, justify your response in writing and be sure to follow the same steps as in #1 above.  You should include references to philosophies/philosophers in your response.

What is right? Pre-ToK 2016-2017

Scenario – cheating

You are a good student.  You get good grades, you have a high academic standing and respect from your teachers and peers as a learner.  You have been accepted to several universities, but the one you really want to attend has made your acceptance contingent upon your grades for Quarter 3.

One of your teachers had made life difficult for you, demanding that you submit work on time and of high quality.  While you were worshipping at DECA nationals, you missed a deadline for submitting work and your teacher took points from you.  You had handed your work to a ‘friend’ who was supposed to turn it in, but he forgot it at home and didn’t get yours [or his] in on time.  Your current grade will keep you from being accepted to your #1 school – and you really want to go there.  Quarter 3 ends on Friday.

What you need to do is to ace the next test in this class.  As you learn that the test is on Friday (the last day of Quarter 3), while working on a project in the Staff Copy room, you find that your teacher has left a copy of Friday’s test on the printer.  What do you do?

  1. Put it into your teacher’s box in the copy room.
  2. Take a quick photo of it so you can study for the test.
  3. Some other response (that you will clarify)…

Justify your response and explain how other philosophies are not as good as your response

Utilitarianism     –              Deontological Ethics        –              Virtue Ethics

If you missed only the second half of the Pre-ToK meeting, there are three steps to do:

  1. Justify your choice for the Trolley Car Problem in writing. Be sure to include your rationale for why this action is morally right.  You should include references to philosophies/philosophers in your response.  In order to know more (before you write), you must do step two.
  2. Research other philosophies on the Trolley Problem website.
  3. Then, consider your response to the following scenario. Then, justify your response in writing and be sure to follow the same steps as in #1 above.  You should include references to philosophies/philosophers in your response.

What is right? Pre-ToK 2016-2017

Scenario – cheating

You are a good student.  You get good grades, you have a high academic standing and respect from your teachers and peers as a learner.  You have been accepted to several universities, but the one you really want to attend has made your acceptance contingent upon your grades for Quarter 3.

One of your teachers had made life difficult for you, demanding that you submit work on time and of high quality.  While you were worshipping at DECA nationals, you missed a deadline for submitting work and your teacher took points from you.  You had handed your work to a ‘friend’ who was supposed to turn it in, but he forgot it at home and didn’t get yours [or his] in on time.  Your current grade will keep you from being accepted to your #1 school – and you really want to go there.  Quarter 3 ends on Friday.

What you need to do is to ace the next test in this class.  As you learn that the test is on Friday (the last day of Quarter 3), while working on a project in the Staff Copy room, you find that your teacher has left a copy of Friday’s test on the printer.  What do you do?

  1. Put it into your teacher’s box in the copy room.
  2. Take a quick photo of it so you can study for the test.
  3. Some other response (that you will clarify)…

Justify your response and explain how other philosophies are not as good as your response

Utilitarianism     –              Deontological Ethics        –              Virtue Ethics

 

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