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PostSubject: What Do You Think?   Mon May 11, 2009 2:10 pm

Directions: After reading Chapter 1, do the following activities, which focus on recognizing bias.

Learning About Thinking
Bias is a strong inclination for or against someone or something based on fixed ideas rather than rational thinking. An individual with biases sees only one side of an issue. For example, an adult is is biased against teenage drivers would concentrate only on the bad things some teenage drivers would concentrate only on the bad things some teenagers do when they are behind the wheel and would not recognize that many teenagers drive very well and pose no danger to others.

Thinking about the Novel
In chapter 1, the old boar Major's speech about the failings of human beings illustrates biased thinking.
A. Read the following general statements made by Major and then identify his bias,
1. "Let us face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short."
2. "And even the miserable lives we lead are not allowed to reach their natural span."
3. "Is it not crystal clear, then, comrades, that all the evils of this life of ours spring from the tyranny of human beings?"

Major's bias:


B. Imagine that Farmer Jones overhears what Major is saying. How do you think he would respond, in his own biased way, to each of the Major's statements?
1.


2.


3.



C. What would be an unbiased attitude toward this situation?



Writing About the Novel
Suppose that Major and Farmer Jones decided to take their complaints against each other to court. A judge is always supposed to be unbiased. Write a dialogue in which Major states his complaints, Farmer Jones responds, and the judge gives his opinion.

Thinking Beyond the Novel
Many historical figures have based their actions on biased thinking. Pick such a figure, describe his or her bias, and contrast the biased thinking with facts it ignores. You might choose someone like Carrie Nation, Adolf Hitler, Karl Marx, or Gandhi.

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PostSubject: Re: What Do You Think?   Wed May 27, 2009 8:45 am

Colombiankl wrote:
Directions: After reading Chapter 1, do the following activities, which focus on recognizing bias.

Learning About Thinking
Bias is a strong inclination for or against someone or something based on fixed ideas rather than rational thinking. An individual with biases sees only one side of an issue. For example, an adult is is biased against teenage drivers would concentrate only on the bad things some teenage drivers would concentrate only on the bad things some teenagers do when they are behind the wheel and would not recognize that many teenagers drive very well and pose no danger to others.

Thinking about the Novel
In chapter 1, the old boar Major's speech about the failings of human beings illustrates biased thinking.
A. Read the following general statements made by Major and then identify his bias,
1. "Let us face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short."
2. "And even the miserable lives we lead are not allowed to reach their natural span."
3. "Is it not crystal clear, then, comrades, that all the evils of this life of ours spring from the tyranny of human beings?"

Major's bias: The major bias' shown here are the fact that this boar is speaking from a farm animal stand point and only thinning of those animals whom live on an actual farm per say. The major bias that is going on here is the fact that these animals are worked and pushed by the humans in order to produce something good in return. As for another animals such as a dog (which unfortunately can be seen in the book) are house "pets" and usually these animals are known to be treated very well and given all of the perks in life that an animal such as a chicken would usually not receive.


B. Imagine that Farmer Jones overhears what Major is saying. How do you think he would respond, in his own biased way, to each of the Major's statements?
1. For one he'll be shocked that the animals talking but also, he would just see the fact that these are "farm animals" and are needed to work and produce something.


2. Next, the farmer would think that these animals are crazy for thinking that they should even have rights and be treated in such a way that would make it possible for them to live thriving lives that are also enjoying. the fact is that they are animals and the lower species and so they don't deserve to be regarded so highly.


3. Lastly, the farmer would believe that this boar is wanting to become human for the simple fact that he wants more rights and privlages however, the truth is that he won't be held as such since he needs humans more then the humans need him. That would cause him to do no other than having to accept the fact that he'l never be in charge or be on top per say.



C. What would be an unbiased attitude toward this situation?
An unbiased approach to the situation would simply be if this boar took a stand point from all of the animals in all sorts of conditions that are very common out there. The simple fact that he only focussed on the animals on certain type of farm with such an abusive owner (one that would be so forgetful to not feed the animals) and not those other animals that are in good conditions or medium ones as well.



Writing About the Novel
Suppose that Major and Farmer Jones decided to take their complaints against each other to court. A judge is always supposed to be unbiased. Write a dialogue in which Major states his complaints, Farmer Jones responds, and the judge gives his opinion.

Thinking Beyond the Novel
Many historical figures have based their actions on biased thinking. Pick such a figure, describe his or her bias, and contrast the biased thinking with facts it ignores. You might choose someone like Carrie Nation, Adolf Hitler, Karl Marx, or Gandhi.
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PostSubject: Re: What Do You Think?   Wed May 27, 2009 8:47 am

A
1) This statement shows that the animals are fed up and are basically saying everything that they are angry about. In addition their saying all the negative things facing them today.
2) This statement is stating that they will be in a sense killed or exterminated before their time is really up.
3) This question like the pervious ones are blaming the humans for all their problems and want them wiped out from the face of the earth like Hitler wanted with the Jews.

B
1) Mr. Jones would probably respond by saying that they their lives my be short but that he works hard to feed them and to comfort them to the best of his ability. In addition he would say that he labors for the animals by working in the field.
2) Mr. Jones would probably respond by saying that the animals are just complaining and that no ones life may reach to its natural life span and that accidents may happen in the course of someone's life.
3) Mr. Jones would say that the animals are only saying that because they are mad because of the place they are in in society. Also Mr. Jones would add that
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PostSubject: Re: What Do You Think?   Wed May 27, 2009 8:47 am

Colombiankl wrote:
Directions: After reading Chapter 1, do the following activities, which focus on recognizing bias.

Learning About Thinking
Bias is a strong inclination for or against someone or something based on fixed ideas rather than rational thinking. An individual with biases sees only one side of an issue. For example, an adult is is biased against teenage drivers would concentrate only on the bad things some teenage drivers would concentrate only on the bad things some teenagers do when they are behind the wheel and would not recognize that many teenagers drive very well and pose no danger to others.

Thinking about the Novel
In chapter 1, the old boar Major's speech about the failings of human beings illustrates biased thinking.
A. Read the following general statements made by Major and then identify his bias,
1. "Let us face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short."
2. "And even the miserable lives we lead are not allowed to reach their natural span."
3. "Is it not crystal clear, then, comrades, that all the evils of this life of ours spring from the tyranny of human beings?"

Major's bias:1 they are just pigs and all they can do is live their life the way they are supposed to.
2 they are not allowed rights so they cannot live the normal lives that they are supposed to lives.
3 they cant blame the humans for all their faults.


B. Imagine that Farmer Jones overhears what Major is saying. How do you think he would respond, in his own biased way, to each of the Major's statements?
1.They have no idea what they are talking about. They are just mad because they actually have to do some work.


2.


3.



C. What would be an unbiased attitude toward this situation?



Writing About the Novel
Suppose that Major and Farmer Jones decided to take their complaints against each other to court. A judge is always supposed to be unbiased. Write a dialogue in which Major states his complaints, Farmer Jones responds, and the judge gives his opinion.

Thinking Beyond the Novel
Many historical figures have based their actions on biased thinking. Pick such a figure, describe his or her bias, and contrast the biased thinking with facts it ignores. You might choose someone like Carrie Nation, Adolf Hitler, Karl Marx, or Gandhi.
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PostSubject: Re: What Do You Think?   Wed May 27, 2009 6:53 pm

Colombiankl wrote:
Directions: After reading Chapter 1, do the following activities, which focus on recognizing bias.

Learning About Thinking
Bias is a strong inclination for or against someone or something based on fixed ideas rather than rational thinking. An individual with biases sees only one side of an issue. For example, an adult is is biased against teenage drivers would concentrate only on the bad things some teenage drivers would concentrate only on the bad things some teenagers do when they are behind the wheel and would not recognize that many teenagers drive very well and pose no danger to others.

Thinking about the Novel
In chapter 1, the old boar Major's speech about the failings of human beings illustrates biased thinking.
A. Read the following general statements made by Major and then identify his bias,
1. "Let us face it: our lives are miserable, laborious, and short."
2. "And even the miserable lives we lead are not allowed to reach their natural span."
3. "Is it not crystal clear, then, comrades, that all the evils of this life of ours spring from the tyranny of human beings?"

Major's bias:"Is it not crystal clear, then, comrades, that all the evils of this life of ours spring from the tyranny of human beings?"


B. Imagine that Farmer Jones overhears what Major is saying. How do you think he would respond, in his own biased way, to each of the Major's statements?
1. All animals are dumb and unable to control this world becasuse of this.


2.Major is to old to know what's good for him


3. Why would they listen to an animal its almost as bad as listening to a plant.



C. What would be an unbiased attitude toward this situation?
To put Major to sleep and end his life.


Writing About the Novel
Suppose that Major and Farmer Jones decided to take their complaints against each other to court. A judge is always supposed to be unbiased. Write a dialogue in which Major states his complaints, Farmer Jones responds, and the judge gives his opinion.

Thinking Beyond the Novel
Many historical figures have based their actions on biased thinking. Pick such a figure, describe his or her bias, and contrast the biased thinking with facts it ignores. You might choose someone like Carrie Nation, Adolf Hitler, Karl Marx, or Gandhi.
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