When are protests justified in a society? Is it ever acceptable to cause harm for a cause?
This week ten students from Years 9 and 10 travelled to Rosebank College, Five Dock to explore these topics and more for the Ethical Explorations Day. Joining more than a hundred students from Sydney and regional NSW, the students started the day with a presentation on the Jazz Democracy Project. This involved the group playing a rousing rendition of the eight bar blues using Boomwhackers to help the students recognise the importance of all voices in a democracy. They then participated in a Community of Inquiry where issues related to the Ethics of Protest were discussed and debated. The students finished the day by responding to a simulated exercise which forced them to consider their own actions in response to a scenario. Would they break the law to protest unjust governments? Would they do nothing in the face of suffering of other groups?
Well done to the students for their participation and thanks to Mr Tognetti for his help with the day.