- Big Idea: Speaking out makes a difference.
- Question one: Why is speaking out important?
- Question two: How what I say determined by my purpose and my audience?
Respond to the particular quote you are assigned. Half page, legible, sentences:
“You want to make a difference? Then be the change you want to see in the world.”
“The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
“Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is simply passing the time. Action with vision makes a positive difference.”
“It’s not only for what we do that we are held responsible, but also for what we don’t do.”
“There are two types of people who will tell you that you can’t make a difference in this world: Those who are afraid to try themselves, and those who are afraid that you will succeed.”
- Hints to get started: What does it mean? Do you agree? Why or why not? What concrete examples can you think of that illustrate what the quote means?
- Compare thoughts with classmates..
- Explain your findings and educate the other groups
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing” – Edmund Burke
Civic disengagement and apathy.
1. Why do good people sometimes do nothing? Here’s why:
- lack of knowledge of the subject
- not knowing what action to take
- lack of time or resources
- mistrust of the system, the laws, the leaders
- not believing that they can really make a difference
Imagine an example for each reason above. Begin each statement with “for example…” and use complete sentences.
2. Make a list of examples/situations that illustrate civic disengagement in the world around you, or from what you know of history. Local, national or global. The more the better.
3. Consider your generation. What are the possible results (or future effects) of civic disengagement by your generation?
- Human trafficking in S.E. Asia
- Nuclear power plant safety
- Tsunami readiness – S.E. Asia
- Climate change affect in Indonesia/S.E. Asia
- The hairy worm situation (unbalanced ecosystem)
- Lapindo mud flow crisis
- Political turmoil in Ivory Coast
- Rising petrol prices in Indonesia
- Racial tension in Indonesia between ?
- School bullying
- Economic inequality and poverty in Indonesia
- Indonesian Government corruption
- Domestic violence in Surabaya
Choose one issue that you feel interested in or passionate about. This will be your issue for the remainder of the term.
Bring one article/news item concerning your story each day. Basics for article, things it has: Author, publication or news source, publication date. Avoid advertisements, blog posts, wikipedia, anonymous internet scribbling, letters or fiction. Focus on reported news. You may use Bahasa Indonesia news sources but in the end, you will be writing a letter to the editor in English.
If an article is from a newspaper or magazine, photocopy or cut it out to bring. If it is from the internet, print it.