My friend and colleague Leigh Johnson directed me to this video, courtesy of GlobeMed at Rhodes College. It’s a photo project for the World Day of Social Justice. Students and faculty members filled in the blank above. Naturally, my question with regard to the positive rights offered (clean water, health care, $0 education, etc.) was “at whose expense?” This led us to consider (someday) team-teaching what may very well be the perfect liberal arts college course in which students will write the perfect liberal arts college paper. I suggested that students get the following assignment:
“Fill in the blanks. ‘Everyone has the right to ____________ at the expense of __________.’ Write what you put in the first blank on your right hand and what you put in the second blank on your left hand. Between now and the end of the semester, write a twenty-page essay in which you explain precisely how you propose to see that the rights on your right hand are guaranteed by the people on your left hand.”
Unfortunately, it’s probably going to be a while before we can teach such a course. What are your answers? Feel free to respond with civility and dignity to the question (and to one another) in the comments.
And while we’re at it, if you’re in a generous mood you can help Leigh with a project she is doing in one of her classes. It involves taking a picture of yourself with a word expressing one of your “core values.” Addendum: Leigh reminds me that entries are due on 3/1. Here’s more info, and here are my entries: