Activity 2: In-Class Public Forum
Materials & Setup
Class Period One
For each student
- Student Page “Different Points of View” (pp. 18-30)
- Student Page “Different Views in the News” (pp. 31-32)
- Student Page “Questions about the Viewpoints” (pp. 33-34)
Class Periods Two and Three
- One photocopy of the “Summary and Anticipated Determination” section from the Draft Environmental Assessment (DEA) for the development of a coordinated broadcast facility on Haleakalā. (The DEA is included as an appendix to this unit.)
Class Period One:
1) With the whole class, brainstorm answers to these questions: Who would care about this proposal to move the radio and television transmitter towers? Why would they be concerned?
2) Review key elements of the proposal with the class, using the information provided in the student background sheet.
3) Before you wrap up for the day, have students count off by sevens, writing down their number as they say it. Make reading and homework assignments based on students’ numbers:
- Students should read the numbered viewpoint in the Student Page “Different Points of View” that corresponds to their number (one to seven).
- All students should also read the Student Page “Different Views in the News.”
- All students answer the questions on the Student Page “Questions about the Viewpoints.”
Class Periods Two & Three:
1) Divide the students into small groups based on the views they read. There should be one group representing each viewpoint. Each group is to prepare for a “public hearing” on whether the transmitters should be moved to the proposed site at Kalepeamoa. You will hold this public meeting in class in two days.
Class Period Four:
1) Hold the “public forum” by having each team give its “testimony” to the entire class, allowing a few minutes for questions before moving on to the next one. If there is time left over at the end of class, hold a general discussion about what the most convincing presentations were and why, which perspectives students agree with, and what they think should be done about moving the transmitters. You may want to continue this summary discussion during the next class period.
- Do you agree or disagree with the perspective you were assigned in the public hearing? How did it feel to argue for that point of view?
- What is your perspective on whether the coordinated broadcast facility should be built at Kalepeamoa?
- What would you need to learn more about in order to make an informed decision about siting broadcast facilities at Kalepeamoa?
- Read the descriptions of value systems in the Student Page “Questions About the Viewpoints,” and explain which value systems show up most strongly in your personal point of view.
- Participation in class discussions
- Student Page “Questions About the Viewpoints”
- Participation with group in putting together testimony
- Testimony given in class: Evaluate on the basis of thoroughness, reasoning, and presentation.
- Journal entries