12 Class

12 Class WED MAR 03


  • The Recent Comments section of the sidebar should look representative of the most interactive members of the class. Success in this course means engaging in the recursive process of writing (incorporating the ideas of others, synthesizing them with your own, sharing the results with the World Laboratory of Ideas, and suffering—I mean celebrating—the reactions of others, incorporating those new ideas, and so on).
Recursive, Cancel Culture
  • This sort of conversation should be happening in the feedback cycles for your White Paper. When it does, your avatar will find a regular spot in the “Recent Comments” section of the blog, where it belongs as often as possible.
  • Do not wait for your Professor to initiate these dialogues.
  • When you feel lost, need clarification, want to bounce a new idea off of someone, need help finding a source (or knowing what terms to search for), drop a comment on your White Paper.

Definitional/Categorical Unit

  • Your Professor’s Model Definition Essay
    • Attempts to answer the question, “Does polio belong to the category of eradicable diseases?”
    If you haven’t left a comment on the “Model Definition Essay,” do so before class is over.

A Model Definition/Categorical Essay

A Protected Class that Deserves Heightened Scrutiny

The Premise: The class is “Presence Required,” but some students will be excused from having to attend in person.

  • List some types of students who will be automatically excused.
  • What characteristics do those students share?
  • Do the qualifying students belong to any particular category(ies)?
  • Analyze your results
    • What underlying values support your conclusions about who should and who should not be excused from class?
    • Notice that we have considered very specific cases, and evaluated them to find underlying similarities or categories.
    • Moving from the specific to the general, we find ourselves making moral or ethical claims about fairness that expose our basic social beliefs.
    • Can we, like Rogers, find the solution that responds to our shared values?

The Professional Version

  • The “Protected Class” Model
    • The editors of the New York Times defines a crucial constitutional term: protected class that deserves heightened scrutiny.
    • Includes a brief In-Class Exercise
      • If you haven’t left a comment on the “Protected Class” model, do so before class is over.

Portfolio Task

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