Monday, August 28, 2006

Civil Disobedience

Imagine that an administrator were to walk into this classroom right now and dictate to you the following message:

"Starting today, Arapahoe will have a closed campus. Students are not to leave the grounds during the school day for any reason. This is designed not to punish you but for your own protection. In order to accommodate the extra students in the cafeteria during lunch, the school day will be extended by one hour. Any questions you have need to be submitted in written form to the principal."

How would you react? What actions would you take (or not take)? How far would you be willing to go? Use one quotation from Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" to support your response.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Living Deliberately

Thoreau wrotethe following of his experience at Walden:
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

What do you think Thoreau means by this?
Do you think that you live "deliberately"? Do you think that Chris McCandless was living "deliberately"?