Email: Mr. Leone
1/9 Final Exam Important Update: Our final exam will be taken in class on Tuesday, January 14 (Day 3). If you are absent for the final you need to contact me so we can reschedule you take the exam as soon as possible. The outline for the final is in our files section called "Social Justice Final Exam Outline." Use it to help you study.
1/6 Homework Update: Our next assignment Called the US Prison System Worksheet in our files section will be due in class tomorrow on Tuesday, January 7. The assignment must be hand-written and should be completed in your notebook.
12/18 Class Update: Tomorrow on Thursday, December 19 we will be having a quiz on the Catholic Social Teaching theme Care for Creation and the death penalty. Use the files called "Care for Creation Notes" and "Death Penalty Notes" to help you study for the quiz. Here is an outline of what you need to know:
Theme 6 Care for Creation:
- Church teaching on Care for Creation
- The Church's view on the environment as God's creation
- Information from the article "Top Ten Takeaways from Laudato Si."
- Church teaching on why the death penalty is wrong.
- Church teaching on restorative justice, forgiveness, and human dignity. The death penalty violates these
Facts about the death penalty:
- The federal government legalized the use of the death penalty in 1976. 31 states approve its use.
- It costs about 10 times more money to execute a prisoner with the death penalty than it does for prisoner to serve a life sentence.
- Black defendants are approximately four times more likely to receive a death penalty sentence then white defendants.
- Most countries don’t have a death penalty; the US is the only Western nation to have it.
- About 4% of prisoners who are sentenced to death are eventually proven to be innocent.
12/17 Class Update: For class today, read the article on our class website in our files section called "Refugee Article" and answer the ten questions for class on Thursday, December 19. Remember that we have a quiz on Thursday on the theme of Catholic Social Teaching Care for Creation and the death penalty.
12/11 Quiz Update: Next week on Thursday we will be having a quiz on our 6th theme of CST Care for Creation and our information on the Death Penalty. An outline with more specific information will be posted as we get closer to the quiz.
12/4 Project Update: Our Discrimination Project found in our files section will be due on Friday, December 6. Please make sure your group has a copy of your work to be handed in and is ready to present on that day.
12/4 Class Update: Death Penalty Lesson
The Death Penalty is one of the issues that is part of the Church's right to life teachings.
Directions: On our class website, click on the link called "Death Penalty Fact Sheet." Look at the information to help answer the questions below.
1) What do you think is the main purpose of the death penalty?
2) Is there a humane way to use the death penalty, why or why not?
3) Based on the information, do you think that the death penalty reveals any pattern of discrimination in the US justice system, why or why not?
4) The information shows that approximately 4% of convicted prisoners who are executed were later found actually be innocent. Does this information make you think the US should change it use of the death penalty, why or why not?
5) Look at the section on deterrence. Does the information that the death penalty deters people from committing crimes?
6) Using the information, is it actually cheaper to execute criminals then to keep them in prison?
11/27 Test Update: Our next test on Catholic Social Teaching Theme 4 (Preferential Option for the Poor) and Theme 5 (Solidarity) will be on Tuesday, December 3. Below is an outline of topics for the test. Also you can use the file called "Themes 4 and 5 Notes" to help you study. The file has most of the notes for the test.
CST Preferential Option for the Poor and Solidarity Test Outline
Theme 4 Preferential: Option for the Poor
- Main teachings and mission of this theme
- Simplicity vs poverty, how are they different?
- Vulnerability – What it means and how it can be a good thing
Types of poverty: material poverty, poverty of the soul, poverty of the spirit
Theme 4 stories: Jesus at the home of Simon the Pharisee, Zacchaeus the tax collector, Jesus heals a crippled woman on the Sabbath, and the Rich Man and Lazarus (Taken from the Human Dignity Assignment)
- Church teaching on simplicity versus poverty
Theme 5: Solidarity
- General teachings of the Church on the theme
- Why people are prejudiced and stereotype others. When these behaviors become negative
- Forms of prejudice: Antilocution, Avoidance, Discrimination, Physical Violence, Extermination
- Vocabulary and different types of discrimination: Ageism, Sexism, Racism, Economic discrimination, gender discrimination.
- Why and how prejudice develops
- Recommended strategies for how to combat prejudice
- Institutional Discrimination and Affirmative Action
11/21 Homework Update: Our next assignment called "Laudato Si - Care for Our Common Home Article is due in class on Wednesday, 11/27. For the assignment please read the article and answer the ten questions at the end.
11/19 Update: For tomorrow please be prepared to share the following from our Agents for Justice Assignment:
- Give some historical context and provide background information about your person or movement.
- Discuss the social justice issue your person or movement work for and how they did this.
- Give an evaluation of whether or not you felt this person or movement was successful.
- Briefly discuss what you learned or what we can all learn from the person or movement.
11/14 Test Update: Next week on Monday, November 25, we will be having a test on our next two themes on Catholic Social Teaching; Theme 4 Preferential Option for the Poor, and Theme 5 on Solidarity. An outline will be posted shortly on the topics you should know for the test.
11/7 Project Update: Our "Agents for Justice Assignment" found in our files section will be due in class on Wednesday, November 20. Make sure you have your report printed out to be handed in and are ready to share about the person or movement you researched.
10/28 Class Update: For class today, complete the assignment in the files section called "Preferential Option for the Poor Worksheet" by class tomorrow. Also if you haven't signed up for the "Agents for Social Justice Assignment" please email me as soon as possible.
10/22 Test Update: We will be having a test on the first three themes of Catholic Social Teaching on Friday, October 25. Below is an outline of topics you should know for the test.
- What is Catholic Social Teaching (CST)?
- Theme 1 Human Dignity:
- Where it comes from and Church perspective on Human Nature
- Implications of teaching on Human Dignity
- Human Dignity Stories from the homework (Judgment of Nations and Lazarus and the Rich Man)
- Theme 2 Rights and Responsibilities
- Different types of rights
- Purpose of the Declaration on Human Rights
- Rights are 1) Universal 2) Inviolable 3) Inalienable
Theme 3 Peace
- What peace IS vs what peace IS NOT
- Active shooter information from our worksheet
- Violence and international conflict: 3 main causes of wars – Political, economic, religious
- Cycle of violence: Institutional, counter-violence, repressive violence
- Just War Theory – When is violence justified? Be familiar with its principles
- 3 Traditions of use of violence and war in Christian tradition
- Nonviolent and violent resistance. What are the pros and cons of each? Which one has been shown to be more effective recently?
- Stories of Abraham Lincoln and Franz Jagerstatter – how did they promote peace?
10/17-18 Class and Homework Update: Our next assignment called "Peace, Conscience and Nonviolent Resistance Assignment" in our files section will be due in class on Tuesday, October 22. Please have the assignment ready to hand in on the due date. I will not be in class on Friday, October 18 so you may work on it during the period with the sub.
10/10 Homework Update: Our next assignment called "Peace Worksheet" in our files section will be due in class on Tuesday, October 15. The assignment can be typed or handwritten but will be collected on Tuesday.
10/7 Classwork Update:
Directions: On our class page, use the file called "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" to help you complete the following questions:
Universal Declaration of Human Rights Questions:
1) Using the Declaration, what are three rights you have found that are the same rights American citizens have under the Constitution.
2) Identify one right that you don't think should be universal to all people. Why don't you think everyone should have this right?
3) In Article 14, the United Nations voices support for people to be able to move countries to escape persecution. Do you think should be a right for all people, why or why not?
4) Which rights in our society do you think are most abused? How do people abuse them?
5) Which rights in our society do you think are most appreciated and respected? What shows that people appreciate these rights?
6) In Article 6, the United Nations says that "Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law." Should the law apply to everyone equally throughout the world, or are there certain circumstances where the law should apply differently to people? Explain your thoughts.
7) Do you think it is important to have a Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or do you think it isn't that helpful? Explain what you think.
10/2 Homework Update: Our next homework assignment in our files section called "Human Dignity Bible Story Assignment" will be due in class on Monday, October 7. The assignment can be typed or hand written but should be ready to be handed in on the due date.
9/26 Update: Our first quiz for class will be taken on Tuesday, October 1. Below is an outline for the quiz
Social Justice Quiz 1 Outline
- What is social justice?
- Different types of justice:
- Difference between Charity and Justice (Long term vs short term changes) and why people would resist social justice
- How faith relates to justice
- Discipline vs Punishment in justice
- Rugged individualism (American society) and how it clashes with Church teaching on justice
- Biblical Themes of Social Justice
- God’s preference towards the vulnerable and needy
- Theme on work and money
- Citizenship to Kingdom of God vs State
- Patience when working for Justice
- What is Catholic Social Teaching (CST) (Notes from the first 10 slides of the powerpoint)?
- What is the mission of CST
- Where do the teachings come from
- The type of relationships that need to exist in order to have social justice
9/23 Homework Update: Our next homework assignment called "Justice in Society Assignment" in our files section is due in class on Thursday, September 26. The assignment may be written or typed.
9/16 Homework Update: Our next homework assignment called "Club Assignment" in our files section is due in class on Monday, September 23rd. The assignment can be typed or hand-written and must be brought into class on the due date.
9/11 Update: Our in class assignment called the "Discipline and Punishment Worksheet" can be found in our files section.
Welcome to Social Justice with Mr. Leone. Please refer to the Course Requirements to find out more information about our class this semester.
For this semester our class will be having senior lunch on Day 4, 11:40-12:05