Supplemental Prompt 3

Supplemental Prompt 3 - Supplemental Prompt 3 Education is...

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Supplemental Prompt 3 Education is an essential stepping stone for students on their path to success. Education at all levels is valued highly for the potential benefits that students may gain from learning, and the intentions that today’s educators have are to help students discern right from wrong. In this process, education may teach students to question authority, or an idea that is implemented by a figure of power, in order to help them learn from an alternative perspective. For example, many centuries ago it was commonly believed that, according to religion, the sun revolved around Earth, which remained stationary in our solar system. The authority of the church at that time was so strong that nobody questioned the belief, since religion and faith were essential components in maintaining the integrity of society. However, Aristotle helped people during this time to understand the difference between right and wrong by questioning accepted religious beliefs. As the student of Socrates, he was taught to question authority to convince others of what he believed. He proposed the notion that the sun in fact remained stationary in our solar system, and that the Earth revolved around it in a systematic fashion while rotating on an axis of its own. His ideas initially caused the church, and henceforth the rest of society, to regard Aristotle and his ideas as sinful and preposterous. Despite these convictions, Aristotle worked hard to question the church’s authority by providing substantial evidence to prove his theories. His hard work paid off, and his theories are the basis upon which astrophysics is taught in today’s classrooms. On the contrary, another effective way to help students learn right from wrong is for them to respect authority. In doing so, authoritative individuals who develop and mandate common ideas do not feel threatened, and students continue to benefit from the learning process. Up until 2003, hazing was a practice that was inherent in many high schools, especially in the state of Pennsylvania. Coaches frequently turned their heads in the other direction when younger players were subjected to threats posed by the veterans on the team. Hazing became more common until
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finally, a student athlete became seriously injured from varsity soccer players continuously beating him after practices. School officials began to sponsor assemblies and meetings for coaches all around the state, and they collaboratively developed anti-hazing laws to be practiced in all schools in Pennsylvania. Coaches and officials educated student athletes on the consequences of hazing, and they were taught that there were no benefits from hazing besides personal satisfaction. Student athletes learned to respect the authority of school officials as hazing was not tolerated. Since school officials and coaches were no longer questioned, students
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This note was uploaded on 11/07/2010 for the course CBN 356 taught by Professor Merill during the Spring '08 term at Rutgers.

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