Mozi Prompt of the Week

"Now, as a nation, we don't promise equal outcomes, but we were founded on the idea everybody should have an equal opportunity to succeed. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, you can make it. That's an essential promise of America. Where you start should not determine where you end up." (Barack Obama)

After reviewing the article and the data on Latinos and going to college, explain what these documents reveal about post-secondary attainment and individual and collective opportunity.

·      https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/10/california-latinos-graduate-_n_4575154.html

·      http://www.edexcelencia.org/research/2015-latinos-K12-education

First, explain the broad or general implications. Then, explain two specific implications of the information in the two documents.

Finally, make an assertion about the role of secondary education in terms of its "essential promise of America."

Mozi Prompt of the Week: Theater

Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance. -Robert Kennedy

As you reflect on your journey in putting on a production inspired by the true story of Cesar Chavez and the United Farmworkers, explain how you stood up to injustice and created a change for the better.

First, summarize the story of Cesar Chavez and how he stood up for the rights of the farmworkers by giving three examples of injustices and then the solution for each injustice. Second, reflect on your experience as a student growing up with intersectional issues and share one example of the injustice you experienced and how you stood up to make a change.

How has your experiences being in the production and within your own life journey shaped you to be the person you are today?

Mozi Prompt of the Week: English

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In your readings, you’ve been asked to think about tyranny. As you recall, tyranny can mean acts of cruelty, oppression, coerciveness, and violence. Social environments and norms can be cruel, oppressive and coercive because they can constrain us or hold us down.
The writer Audre Lorde asks: “What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence?”
Lorde suggests an alternative to either suffering silently to fit in—she encourages listeners and readers to speak out and use language and action to change the social conditions of our lives.

In a well-constructed essay, identify the most pervasive type of tyranny in our society today and propose a change that may improve the lives of those who endure it.

For each of your THREE body paragraphs, use the experiences of the authors you read in this unit, hypothetical situations, or personal experiences to identify the issues plaguing our country and the damage that these issues create in our society. In addition, reflect on potential solutions that you believe will rectify what the tyranny is. Be sure to clearly state how your proposal will resolve the issue at hand.

What, if any, greater good will this have on humanity generally? In what ways does addressing one injustice impact the overall human experience?

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Mozi Prompt of the Week

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In the 1999 film, The Matrix, Morpheus explains to Neo that, “you're here because you know something. What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad.”    Morpheus poses the idea that our reality is, in fact, an illusion created to keep us imprisoned. 

Use Plato’s Allegory of the Cave as a framework to explain how we are imprisoned by one or more of the following influences: language, gender, culture, education, technology, and commerce. 

First, explain Plato’s Allegory and how you will use it to create a framework by which the previous texts in this unit maybe explained. Next, explain one or more of the topics in the premise using the Allegory as a framework?  Use the terminology previously introduced to analyze the topic/s of your choice (status quo, acquiescence, complicity, acculturation, propaganda, etc). 

Finally, consider the benefits and consequences of “taking the red pill” over the blue pill (or vice versa).  If we take the red pill by choice are we complicit in our own imprisonment or are justified in accepting the status quo? What are the potential consequences?  

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