This very useful and secondary school student appropriate website, is targeted at students in Year 12 and 13. It covers a range of topics including reason and experience, why should I be governed? Why should I be moral? The idea of God, persons, knowledge of the external world, tolerance, the value of art, God and […]
Title: The Five Freedoms Location: http://rnzspca.org.nz/animal-care/important-reading/the-five-freedoms Should animals be given freedoms? This article presents five freedoms that are important for animals. Teachers might use the list to get students thinking about whether or not animals should be entitled to freedoms, and what might be done to protect them.
Title: Obama on Freedoms Location: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esgdoc1TSCE This short clip reports on a meeting held by US President Barack Obama in China. Obama talks about the importance of freedoms. He specifically mentions the freedom to use Facebook and Twitter. The clip is especially valuable in that it helps to highlight how political philosophical discussions bear on […]
This clip presents the case of a high school student who posted an unflattering remark about her teacher on Facebook. It could be used to get students thinking about free speech.
This clip presents, in an accessible and humorous way, some of the issues surrounding free speech. It could be used to introduce a lesson or lessons on free speech. Teachers might use it in different ways, depending on the ages of the students.
Title: Free Speech: A Very Short Introduction Author: Nigel Warburton Publisher: Oxford University Press ISBN: 978-0-19-923235-2 This short book is an accessible resource for teachers. The book itself is probably, as a whole, too complex for most high school students. Teachers might use it primarily to familiarise themselves with the debates surrounding free speech. There […]
In this short clip, Noam Chomsky gives an explanation of what anarchism is.
This article provides a comprehensive overview of libertarianism. While the article as a whole is complex, two sections are especially accessible. The opening section is especially accessible. Teachers might present this to students as a way of introducing the topic to them. The concluding section – ‘Libertarianism as an Overlapping Consensus’ – could help to […]
This proposed constitution for New Zealand outlines the principles that some libertarians think should govern a state. Libertarianism is a political system that holds that freedom, or liberty, is the primary political value. Libertarians oppose big government, and many of the benefits that governments purport to offer. Teachers might present students with extracts from this […]
This article addresses the relationship between poverty and democracy. The author argues that political freedoms are important for the poor, and for a number of reasons. He argues that while authoritarian governments can sometimes provide for the immediate, more pressing needs of their citizens, it is democracy which fully addresses those needs in the long-term. […]