Essential Questions

  • How do we define the term "Monster"? How do we react to and/or interact with Monsters in our society?
  • If truth is difficult to prove in history, does it follow that all versions are equally acceptable?
  • In what ways might social, political, cultural and religious factors affect the types of human science research that are financed and undertaken, or rejected?
  • Is science, or ought it to be, value free? What implications does your answer have for the regulation of science? Considering the fight over Intelligent Design vs. Evolution (as well as Research Scandals), who should decide whether particular directions in research are pursued?
  • Is mathematics invented or discovered?
  • Picasso said, "Art is a Lie That Tells the Truth." Considering our reading of Grendel, to what extent do you agree with that statement?
  • To what extent do the different ways of knowing and areas of knowledge influence the values adopted by individuals and societies?

Friday, September 26, 2008

Hindu Dieties

September 27

Please Answer the following Question on Your Blog.

What Hindu Diety were you asked to research? What questions did you and your partner have when looking at the diety? Which Question did you attempt to answer? What was the answer?

Please place a photo of your diety on the blog.

There will be a test on Hinduism and Buddhism on Friday October 3rd.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


September 17

Please copy and post this question to your blog:

By Thursday, September 26, please outline the main points (bullet points are fine) of Plato's Republic. (Books I-VII)
Extra credit will be rewarded for adding specific references discussed in class.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Grendel Ch. 2

September 12

Please copy this question and post answer on your blog.

From what you have read thus far, why does Grendel say "The World is all pointless accident...I exist, nothing else." You may want to refer specifically to pg. 21-22. How would you describe Grendel's first interactions with humans?

Finally, The Astrological sign represented in the First Chapter was Aries (The Ram). The Second Chapter introduced Taurus (The Bull). Please do some research on these signs and explain why they may have been included in these chapters.

Death At An Early Age

September 8

Please copy and post this question to your blog:

After reading the Kozol piece, consider what he might say regarding "Monsters." Are they created by society, or do Monsters responsible for their behavior? Do you agree with Kozol? Why or why not?