Situational Reactions

Read the following three situations.   Describe what you would do in each situation.  Then integrate two elements of reasoning and two intellectual standards in your writing for each situation to show a textbook understanding of the material behind your personal example (for a review of the elements of reasoning and the intellectual standards, please see the readings in Week Six under “Lessons”). Be sure to label clearly the elements of reasoning and intellectual standards that you are describing.  Your work should be at least 500 words.  Do not worry about your answers being right or wrong – you are going to be graded on your connection to the material – not the behavior you would engage in if it happened to you.

Choose 2 elements of reasoning (purpose, problem, information, concepts, assumptions, inferences, points of view, implications/consequences) and 2 intellectual standards (clarity, fairness, depth, breadth, relevance, logic, significance, precision, accuracy) and describe for each situation.

To clarify, all three of the situations listed below need to be responded to with the required information–the raid gone wrong, the confiscated marijuana, and the difficult high school assignment.

Situation A:  You are deployed in a country.  A raid went wrong, and your squad opened fire on several innocent people.  Your commander asks you and the rest of the squad to make it look like they opened fire up on you first.  How would you respond?

Situation B: As a police officer, you pull someone over.  After searching their vehicle, you confiscate several ounces of marijuana.  The computer system is down so you cannot chronicle this bust.  Your partner tells you that his wife is sick and he could really use that marijuana at home for medicinal purposes to help her with her pain.  How would you respond to your partner?

 

Situation C:  As a parent, your child has a first year teacher who gives ridiculously hard assignments.  Your kid has a four year scholarship waiting for him if he can pass this last course – even with a C.  The last assignment is an assignment that you did your graduate work on – so you know there’s no way a high schooler should be expected to do this assignment – but if your child fails this assignment, they would lose a four year scholarship.  Do you actively help them complete the assignment – or let them do it themselves – knowing they can’t do the assignment themselves and the assignment is likely to be poor because it was an inappropriately assigned paper.

 
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