There are six people who find a bunker after World War III occurs: a lawyer, a scientist, a soldier, a priest, an old woman and a disabled person. The bunker has enough supplies to last for two years if everybody stays in the bunker. If three people stay in the bunker, the supplies would last for six years. Pick three people to stay in the bunker and three people who will head out and try to find other survivors and supplies.
This was the assignment presented to my daughter’s health class. The class was divided into groups of six students. Each student represented one of the six people who survived. They each had to present their case as to why they should be the ones to stay in the bunker and then they would make a group decision as to who would stay and who would leave.
My daughter’s group chose the old woman, the disabled person and the scientist to stay in the bunker. Their thinking was to send the able-bodied people out to find possibly find more supplies while the others remained protected in the bunker. Also, the scientist could start working on projects while they waited.
The teacher then started arguing with my daughter about why she did not chose to have the priest. She said, “Most people would want God.” Seriously? First of all, I want to point out that my daughter attends public school. Second of all, the point of the assignment was to allow the students to come up with their own decisions and not to tell them that they are wrong. My daughter went on to explain that the priest could offer nothing to the group in the bunker, but, since he was able-bodied, he could offer more to the group leading the exploration. The teacher still continued to argue with her.
Personally, I think my daughter’s group was very wise in their decision-making. There was no logical reason behind having the priest stay. I also think that this project was slightly morbid. The group that was supposed to lead the exploration ran the risk of being killed and never coming back. I don’t think a group of 14-year-olds should be making such decisions.
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