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Art Project Submissions

On the day of your final, you will submit (as one stapled packet):

  • The Art Project Rubric
  • Your Art Project Planning sheet (If you failed to leave it with Mr. Braman)
  • Your INDIVIDUAL art reflection of 2+pages in length
    • DOUBLE SPACE 11 point; normal margins, etc
  • June 1st Public Art Visitation (IF you went on the Silverwood field trip, this is extra credit)
  • June 4th Alain Locke critical reading
  • June 8th – Art Evaluation of ToK art projects around the school
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Students who missed the test today…

Should bring their Journals Thursday morning to Mr. Braman’s office (2410G) at 10:15.  You will be able to use your journal and to collaborate with your peers from 10:15-11:00.  At that point, you will turn in your Journal and Ethics Test.  You will then be given a few more minutes in class Thursday.

Pre-ToK makeup 2018

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

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

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

 

IB Testing and the 2018 Ethics Unit

Testing starts this Friday and

Our Ethics unit will fall into three segments:

  • Part One will happen before IB Testing (April 16 – April 26)
    • We will read the assigned texts below and have in-class discussions
  • Part Two will happen during IB Testing (and be optional for Diploma Students)
    • We will watch films with themes linked to our curriculum
  • Part Three will happen after IB Testing (May 21 – May 29th)
    • We will view The Minority Report and prepare for our Unit Assessment

Over the course of the next several weeks, we will continue our Ethics unit by introducing several philosophers and their ideas.  We will start this process by discussing Immanuel Kant’s Categorical Imperative, introducing John Stuart Mill’s Utilitarianism, and exploring Jeremy Bentham’s Hedonistic Calculus.

The Ethics journal will be important.  Your Ethics Journal will be due on the day of our Ethics Unit Assessment – likely May 29.  Your Ethics Journal is significant for several reasons:

  • You will need to submit a quality Ethics Journal
  • You will need to review and understand this material for the Unit Assessment as well as the Final Exam.  The Unit Assessment will cover this material and ask you to make comparisons between these thinkers, the assigned readings, the film Minority Report, and material you’ve learned throughout the year.
  • Your Final Exam will require the same and it will ask you to read excerpts from these texts and then:
    • identify the author
    • specify the main point
    • recognize the philosophy
    • compare this ideology to others you’ve learned

What sorts of applications will Mr. Braman encourage you to think about on the test? Issues raised by complaints against the current administration? What about human genomes?  Or the Death Penalty?  Or an apology for the bombing at Hiroshima?  How would Robert McNamara respond regarding Hiroshima?  What will the format be?  Will it be another dialogue test? Likely.  Essay? Possibly.

This assessment will happen the week of May 29.  

When you’ve received (or been assigned) the texts, be sure to do all the things good critical thinkers do when they analyze and react to a text [for your journal]:

  • identify important passages
  • paraphrase relevant/main points
  • react in the margin
  • identify the author’s assumptions
  • consider and address the implications of the argument

Master List of Ethics Authors:  [Below are several readings we may later assign. Many of the readings below will be required.  All Required readings have the word Required after the selection (please note that two required elements are ones you will print out, mark, and react to).  If time allows, we will do more than the required, we will do all of the assignments below.

  1.  4/17  Kant – Categorical Imperative Required.
  2. 4/18 Mill – Utilitarianism Required.
  3. 4/18  Bentham – Hedonistic Calculus and related questions Required.
  4. 4/19 Machiavelli – The Prince Required.
  5. 4/20 Aristotle – Virtue Theory Primary Source Required.  Recommended Aristotle overview (it’s helpful, check it out)
  6. (on your own) Exodus – Divine Command Theory Required.
  7. 4/23 The ToK Course Companion textbook-                                                                     pages 262-265 one two three four Required.
  8. 4/24 Thoreau – Civil Disobedience Required.
  9. 4/25 Leopold – Environmental Ethics Required.
  10. Your own selection (and written justification) Required. (see below #7)
  11. Your own selection (and written justification) Required. (see below #7)

These are optional readings (you may do them as #10 & #11 above):

In addition to the above required critical readings, please add written responses to the following into the Ethics Journal. IF YOU WERE ABSENT on the assigned day, please invest at least 20 minutes writing thoughtfully in your response.  This is not a place to be brief; consider that your response should represent the equivalence (in thought) of a thirty minute discussion.

1. (4/16 in-class) How do we know right from wrong? [encouraged hw: What is the source of your certainty?  Is it a person?  Your self?  A process?  A text?  What are the challenges to knowing what is morally right in this manner?] 

2. (4/18 in-class) What makes us human?   Is it our ability to reason?  To feel emotions?  To care about others? To do something selfless?

2a.  (4/19) How would Bentham consider right and wrong?  How do we figure it out?

3. (4/19) Is it ever right for a few to suffer for the greater good?   What if we had to make a few suffer?  Would it be right to do so if the society benefited?  How should we deal with an epidemic?  Here are some of the real-world examples of how things went in Liberia, the role of the quarantines played in that December 2015 outbreak, the questions that remain, and the new CDC regulations awaiting approval from the Trump administration.

4.   (4/19) Discussion Do the ends (ever) justify the means?  (Required) Explain your rationale.  [this will come later] Quality responses will consider both the premise of Minority Report and Machiavelli’s The Prince.

5.  (4/23) Is cheating ever right?   Please justify your answer.  And then interview/discuss the subtleties of your viewpoint with a willing adversary (if you missed class, record snippets of that conversation).  What are the essential questions that must be asked?  List them.  HW: The ToK Course Companion textbook- pages 262-265 one two three four

6. (4/24) When, if ever, is it acceptable to break a law?  Critically read Civil Disobedience.

7.   (4/25) Research, identify, print out, and critically read additional documents for the Ethics Journal. AT LEAST TWO additional unique expert sources of your choosing must be included in your ethics journal.  In a brief paragraph, justify their inclusion as research into your own personal philosophy.

8. (5/21 – after IB testing) Follow a current issue as it develops regarding the ethical implications of the event as it develops.  You should have a second article (critically read) soon.