Thursday, May 3, 2018

S10E15 Is the world getting better?

For the last forum of this year, we're asking if the world is becoming a better place or a worse place.

Recent surveys reported that Millennials were the first generation to expect to be worse off than their parents and people often argue whether the world is getting better or worse.  This week we'll look at the topic and some of the statistics that may speak to the question. We'll start by listening to a talk by Steven Pinker on the Enlightenment.

Assignment:  Please use the link provided here to answer the following questions by 6PM Tuesday:

1) What are three ways you would use to measure if the world was getting better or worse?
2) What's one way you think we are getting better?
3) What's one way you think we are getting worse?

See you on Wednesday!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Follow up to Forum on Universal Basic Income

Finland ended it's experiment with Universal Basic Income this week as reported in the NY Times.

They haven't released the data from their efforts yet, so its hard to tell if the decision was political or driven by how the program was working.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Materials from What Happened at TED

Here is my slide deck from my TED recap forum. It contains my descriptions of each talk.

What Happened at TED 2018.

Many people asked me about the video I ran at the start of forum.  It was one TED played before a session. Here's the link.

Monday, April 23, 2018

S10E14 What Happened at TED 2018

This week will by my annual recap of what happened at this year's TED conference. I will be covering at least 83 different topics in 45 minutes! There's really no way to prepare for this...  just make sure you have a pen and paper to note a few things I mention that you'll want to research more or talk about in Dialog.  See you then!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

S10E13 This Forum Brought to you by... Mr Brazeale!

Hi all,

Our guest facilitator for Forum this week is our Interim Head of School, Mr. Brazeale.  Here's his forum description and instructions...

I hope that you each have enjoyed (or are enjoying) spring break! For our forum on Wednesday, April 11th, we will be reviewing some history and facts around a political topic. To help you all enjoy your spring break, no pre-readings are required – all that is asked is that you complete a simple survey. The very first item asks that you answer each question and that you not go back and change any prior answers as you continue to complete the survey.
 Curious about the political topic to be discussed? The survey will make the topic clear!
 Complete the survey by clicking here

Thursday, March 15, 2018

S10E12 Does Wealth Make People Mean?

From the iconic Ebeneezer Scrooge to some characterizations of Donald Trump,  there is a popular impression that the wealthy among us are meaner, or at least less compassionate, than those less well-off. This week we'll be hearing from a researcher who tried to scientifically test this idea in a number of ways with some interesting results.


Use this form to share your thoughts and questions on this topic by 8am Tuesday Morning (3/20)

Friday, March 2, 2018

S10E11 Exploring Career Pathways

The Forum on Wednesday, March 7th will be held in Homeroom classes where we will be doing some things related to Career Day on Friday, March 9th.  The dress for the day is daily standard. Friday will be dress standard for Career Day. The pre-Forum assignment is posted on the Trinity Forum blog and is also attached to this email. The last two pages should be printed out and turned into your Homeroom teacher no later than Tuesday, March 5th. You will need to complete the assignment on your student Naviance account. Please use the Google Chrome browser to access Naviance. Safari users have reported problems. If you have forgotten your password, please send me an email. Remember that your Trinity email is the email to use when logging into Naviance.

Prepare for this session using the instructions at this link.

"How do you define personhood and what makes mankind as a species special?"

"What is the role of faith in politics?"

"How can I tell if I'm being truly objective?"

"How much should we trust the science of evolution or global warming?"

These are the kinds of questions that young adults will wrestle with as they try to understand their place in the world. Trinity Academy of Raleigh explores these and similar questions in The Trinity Academy Forum -- a bi-weekly speaker series and dialog for 9th - 12th grade students.

The class seeks to foster Socratic dialog and critical thinking skills by presenting students with thought-provoking and often controversial subjects. When possible, these subjects are presented live by expert guest speakers, but sometimes they may use a video presentation from sources like TED.

The Forums take place on Wednesday mornings. Students from grade 9 through 12 attend the forum. Parents are also invited to attend the forum. Other guests who would like to observe a forum will usually be welcome, but should contact the school for permission.

Parents should note that, because the forum is intended to foster dialog and critical thinking, it may often deal with subjects and viewpoints that may fall outside of (or even be contrary to) a Christian worldview. The views and opinions expressed by speakers and moderators in the forum class are not necessarily those of Trinity Academy or its leadership, but representative of views our students are likely to encounter after they graduate. We believe exposure to these subjects is important to better prepare our students for college and life.