An Introduction to John Locke's Two Treatises of Government

Having a government may feel complicated and cumbersome, but as John Locke contends in his Two Treatises of Government, it is better than allowing human nature to regulate itself. A short video presents high schoolers with an explanation of Locke's philosophy of government and its service to the governed, rather than the other way around.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use during a study of the European Enlightenment or during an overview of governmental philosophy
  • Have learners watch the video at home and come prepared for a flipped classroom activity the next day
Classroom Considerations

  • Comment section is open to the public
  • Video is a short sample of a larger analysis, which is available on the publisher's website with a paid subscription or free trial
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros

  • Uses a soccer metaphor to illustrate the main point
  • Presents a philosophical question that is perfect for class discussion
Cons

  • None