Good and Evil
Young scholars examine the art of Henry Darger as an impetus to discuss the concepts of good and evil. They investigate why people have been fascinated with good and evil from biblical times to the present.
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Human Nature: Good or Evil?
Whether humans are inherently good or bad is a question that has occupied philosophers for many years. Invite your pupils to consider this question with an essay. Learners must choose between the theories of Locke and Hobbes and back up...
9th - 12th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Individual Rights vs. The Greater Good Within the Scope of War
When, if ever, is the government justified in restricting individual rights? When, if ever, should the "greater good" trump individual rights? To prepare to discuss this hot-button topic, class members examine primary source documents,...
11th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Designed
Civics and Citizenship
What is a good citizen? Here is a fantastic unit of ten lessons that will thoroughly cover the concept of civics and citizenship in your class. Examples of activities include learning stations, primary and secondary source analysis of...
8th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Enlightenment Philosophers (Peer to Peer Teaching)
One of the best strategies for learning is to teach what you know to others. Your young historians will be divided into groups and assigned an Enlightenment philosopher that they will then research and present to their classmates.
7th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
What Makes Good People Do Bad Things?
Phillip Zimbardo's famous Stanford Prison Experiment is the subject of Melissa Dittmann's article that considers situations that can foster brutal and even evil behavior. After reading about the conclusions researchers drew from...
11th - Higher Ed English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
New Review An Introduction to Friedrich Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil
Is God is dead? Is there no absolute truth? Do different societies have different concepts of good and evil? Introduce the ideas of Friedrich Nietzsche with a short video analysis of Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil.
3 mins 11th - 12th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Science Can Answer Moral Questions
Can questions of morality, good and evil, right and wrong, and/or what is worth living and dying for...be answered by science? Author Sam Harris presents a strong case for the need for a universal conception of human values. He argues...
24 mins 9th - 12th Science CCSS: Adaptable