Class 11 TUE FEB 21
- Your Professor’s Model Definition Essay, “Political Paralysis”
- Attempts to answer the question, “Does polio belong to the category of eradicable diseases?”
- EXERCISE: If you haven’t left a comment on the “Political Paralysis” post, 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 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 Take-Home Exercise
- In preparation for class on THU OCT 13, leave a comment on the Protected Class post by midnight WED OCT 12.