We have been reading about and discussing nonviolent resistance. Think about a group who is upset about an important conflict. Try to understand and explain the circumstances of this conflict, why people are upset, and why they might believe that violence or nonviolence is the way to confront the problem.Students were asked to argue specifically, in an essay with two arguments and a counterargument:
- to adopt nonviolent resistance as a better, more effective way to resolve the conflict you have chosen; OR
- to recognize that nonviolent resistance will not work in the conflict you have chosen, and that the only way to resolve the conflict is by using violence.
- When did it begin?
- Why did it begin?
- Who is involved?
- Why are they fighting?
- Who are the oppressors?
- Who are the oppressed?
- What methods are being used to resolve the conflict?
- Is the method being used the best one available?
- How can/should the conflict be resolved?
- Abilities: research on differences in scores on math and verbal tests
- research generally supporting gender equality in abilities
- research finding significant differences in abilities by gender
- Preferences: research on preferences in major and career type
- research generally supporting gender equality in preferences
- research finding significant differences in preferences by gender
- Personality traits: research on different personality traits and on thing vs. people orientation
- research generally supporting gender equality in traits
- research finding significant differences in traits by gender
- First, students should discuss their readings with others who shared the same assignment
- Next, students should discuss within their topic group (ie. ai & aii, bi & bii, and ci & cii)
- Finally, groups should be formed with at least one member of each sub-group
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