“If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.” John F. Kennedy
SEL Connection: Life can be a struggle at times to understand other people who have different views than our own. Most students are in the middle of a world of diversity – different opinions, different peer groups and intense disagreements with friends. Sometimes, just like adults, they want to throw their hands up and be loyal to one view, so that they can fight for what they believe in.
(1) Claim: President Kennedy points out that it’s not our responsibility to win an argument. It’s our responsibility to make sure that everyone’s voice can always be heard.
(2) Counterclaim: But what about the arguments that are best and most convincing? Sometimes the right path is only known to a few and the fewer the voices the better.
(3) Essential Question: When does diversity of opinion become a hindrance?