By Alex & Ericka
Humanity 2.0 is the freshman project where they read ideas of many philosophers and write and essay about which they agree with and which they disagree with. It is set in the future(post apocalyptic).
They are reading One Summer, America 1927 by Bill Bryson to get ideas for philosophers to make their arguments. Every once in awhile, Mr. Lew will point out important vocabulary and tell the kids what the word means and how they can use it in their everyday life. They have a wall of questions where they write down something they are curious about and have the students help them understand it. They also have a wall of unknown words that they have found in their reading and by the end of the project, they will have all of them defined.
According to the students, the philosophers they are studying were Theodore Roosevelt, Upton Sinclair, Ida Tarbell, Eugene V. Debs, Grover Cleveland, Susan B. Anthony, Wayne Wheeler, Clarence Darrow, Drew Keeling, Henry Cabot Lodge, Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Melville Fuller, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, René Descartes, Niccolo Machiavelli.
They will either be accepting or rejecting the ideas of these philosophers and analyze the reason that Humanity 1.0 failed to shape the way Humanity 2.0 will look.
This year, they are in groups of three. They share their ideas and thoughts about the philosophers they agree and disagree with. There is also more history in this year’s project than last years. They are focusing on the progressive era and how the role of the government changed that era.
This project is also very vocab heavy and reading and writing focus. They will read many articles about the philosophers and what they taught and believed. Their project is different from the other class because theirs is set in the future after the apocalypse happened. They are trying to rebuild Humanity and set rules for it. Many people agree with Locke and Hobbes(two philosophers), and many disagree with Rousseau. Their final product will be an essay in which they argue and debate their beliefs.
That is an update our the projects going on in our school. we can see by the work that they have done that they are working very hard. Not everyone is doing the same thing, but we are all working together to do the best work we can.