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This week, the class worked together to discuss the meaning of the term, "freedom." The results of their discussion follows.

Morning Class (Afternoon Class)

1. What does it mean to have our freedom?

Freedom varies by group of people and by individual so it is difficult to define.

Freedom is a kind of human right that allows you to do what you want to do (with reasonable restrictions) and to think what you want to think.

Freedom means respect for other people’s freedom.

2. What can we do if we have our freedom.

We can speak our minds and offend other people if we wish. 
We can worship in our religion as we wish. 
We can travel where we want. (Freedom of movement; although this can be economic, especially if we are poor we may not share this freedom) 
We can seek a job in order to improve our economic condition. 
We are free to vote (as citizens). 
We can meet together in groups (assemble) for any reason. 
We can disagree with the government and say so. We can strike. 
We have the right to life. 
We have the right to join government. 
We have the right to own property (male and female).

3. Are there any restrictions on freedom?

Teachers may not criticize another teacher (unless to the teacher’s face). Many professions follow a code (Doctors say “Do no harm.”). Children are not free until adult age. Children at 16 years can move out, can quit school can get married.

4. Are there people with more or less freedom?

Children; prisoners. Rich versus poor. People who do not agree to follow the rules (criminals) are in a way more free.

Women’s rights are protected, but sometimes men lose rights as a result.

Members of the military have willingly given up freedoms

Afternoon Class Notes

1. What does it mean to have our freedom?

The ability to do what you want and say what you want (in a pure sense).

Freedom is a kind of desire, and not necessarily something we always obtain. It’s a kind of ideal.

To be able to choose is freedom.

Equality for all people is freedom.

2. What can we do if we have our freedom?

Women can have opinions and are respected.

We can disagree about important issues. We can say what we think (speak our minds)

Voting. Anything (ideally) Move.

Have as many babies as we want.

We can practice our religion.

3. Are there any restrictions on freedom?

Speaking is not completely free. Teachers may not criticize a colleague to another teacher or principal until the teacher tells the colleague directly.

Many professions (Doctors, Lawyers, Teachers) have codes (rules) about speaking.

Lots of rules and regulations that prevent us from acting completely freely.

Moral restrictions exist. We have manners. Society sets rules (not always written) that as a culture we follow.

4. Do some people have more or less freedom? Who are they, and why are they different?

Children. Prisoners. Old people. Handicapped. Very fat people.


Poor people; politicians. Teachers.

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