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Activity 6: Large-Group Discussion
At this time, the teacher takes a more active role in helping the groups
elaborate on their consensus position. The following questions may serve
as a framework for this discussion:
- What have we learned in this exercise about the topic of racial profiling
- What questions do you still have about the topic?
- What have you learned about the process part of the lesson: the poll
and the structured controversy?
- Did you find yourself changing your opinion about the topic? If so,
why did you change?
- How important is consensus? Why?
Finally, return to the big theme of this lesson: the tension that can
exist between the government's purpose in promoting safety and individual
rights. Discuss the following questions:
- What constitutional rights do we value most highly in our justice
- When do the government's constitutional duties outweigh individual
rights? Explain specific situations that illustrate the need for constitutional
rights to outweigh individual rights.
- Do the rights of the individual ever outweigh the government’s
constitutionally defined rights? When? Explain.
- Who should decide the delicate balance between these tensions? The
public? The police? Elected officials? Courts?
- What criteria should they use?
Have students complete their self-evaluations.
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