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The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Ghandi
Let’s argue against Ghandi.
Counterclaim: Wait a minute. Holding people responsible for their mistakes may be a better way to show strength. Think about it. If the wrong done to us is so great, then it’s important to stand up for ourselves and demand accountability, especially if the wrong has happened multiple times. Sometimes, people never learn and so it is weak and foolish to think we should constantly forgive others.
Imagine introducing this quotation and getting kids to talk about situation when they should forgive and situations when they should hold others accountable. How do they decide which path to take?
The essential question is simple but profound:
Essential Question: Does forgiveness show strength or weakness?
Think of entry points in your curriculum to inspire students to explore the benefits and drawbacks of forgiveness.