The Franklin Experiment: Top Ten Virtues for the 21st Century

A note from Ms. Shubert:

We begin with the simple idea of a virtue… now what exactly does that mean? A simple search of the word virtue on google using the definition finder (define: virtue) will yield a variety of responses. I feel that our journey begins here. We must seek to understand the concept of virtue before we can hope to explore expressions of it in life.

So, google gives me a plethora of definitions. Yes, I said plethora, one of the most overused words by students pursuing SAT greatness. At this point, I have to figure out which will be our informing definition. After exploring the resources, I decide on “admirable quality or attribute” from the Princeton site. Many of the provided definitions are anchored in wikipedia, while this definition sits nested in the lexical database of the Cognitive Science Laboratory of Princeton University. If you got the drift on plethora, know what the SAT is, then I will continue my assumptions to include knowledge of Princeton University. I think about what that definition may mean to me, and how my definition may differ from you, my students.

Today I organized the virtues for “The Franklin Experiment.” I read over your submitted virtue lists. I used your lists for sources and inspiration to create a communal list of 10 virtues that will frame our own self-improvement experiment.

I hope that you share in my excitement to begin this experiment. We stand at the foot of a great mountain; we are ready for “such great heights.” See you on the other side.

References:
http://wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=virtue
Tamborello, J. (2003). Such Great Heights [Recorded by The Postal Service]. On Give Up [CD]. Seattle,Wash.: Sub Pop.


Based on class feedback, our top ten virtues for the 21st century include:
  • Conscience
  • Cooperation
  • Courage
  • Determination
  • Fellowship
  • Fitness
  • Honesty
  • Responsibilty
  • Tolerance
  • Reflection

Journal Topic Calendar
Potential Options for Journalling: Personal Blog, Wikipages, Bound Journal, Word Processing Document, Combination of Modes

Final Submission: Archive Copy (electronic or photocopied)

Expectations:
3 entries a week
Spaced out over the week
1/2 page entry minimum
Date and Label each page with Virtue

Writing Focus Frame
Selected Virtue
11/15-11/21
Conscience
11/22-11/28
Fitness
11/29-12/5
Tolerance
12/6-12/12
Courage
12/13-12/19
Honesty
12/20-12/26
Fellowship
12/26-1/2
Responsibility
1/3-1/9
Determination
1/10-1/16
Cooperation
1/17-1/21
Reflection