Moral Courage

Upper School

Grade 11, Grade 12

History and Social Science

Credits: .5

What do Greta Thunberg, Malala, Colin Kaepernick, Rosa Parks, Alexei Navalny, Aung San Suu Kyi, Socrates, and Harry Potter all have in common? What allows some people to take and hold a moral or political stand even when it threatens their life and safety? What choices do we have in the face of opposition and pressure to sit down and conform? And, what can we do to strengthen our own moral compass enough to be able to change the world? These are the questions students will consider as they look at some of our heroes and role models from a wide range of disciplines and time frames. This interdisciplinary class will be different in that you, the students, will choose the role models to study and where and how they, and students, have found moral courage. The goal is to develop a plan that will bolster our moral compass, our courage, and our ability to do the right thing, no matter the consequences.