The Morality of Water Pollution in Lake Michigan

Small Group Presentation Summary:

We were assigned to present the morality of water pollution in Lake Michigan from a TOK perspective.  Difficult?  Yes.  A success?  No doubt.

We started with the general plan that we wanted to hold a banquet, honoring a fictional character of Phillip E. Phish.  He was created as an actor, a war hero, a jock, a prominent member of society, and the love interest that several women held a torch for.  It was to be his birthday; so everyone received an invitation in the mail.  The invitation was attached to a character description sheet that assigned each student the role that they would attend the party as.  We had each of them assume different characters in Phillip's community of life, for example: Francesca DeLevoy (famous model who was his girlfriend), Magdelena Smitts (a nosy elderly neighbor), Mrs. Thompson (a housewife), Joe (the bum), and Bill Frere (TOK teacher).

On the day of the party we had each person bring the required props and we set out on a voyage on the sea of morality.  We started out the party with refreshments and introductions when it was suddenly interrupted by a detective and a priest claiming Phillip E. Phish was dead and someone present at the party had killed him.  We then went on to hold a murder mystery and wade through clues one by one.  At the end of the party, each person had to say who they thought was the murderer.  It proved to be a difficult class, because it appeared that everyone was guilty in some way or another.  In the end it was Bill Frere that we took away in cuffs.

We feel that our project was entertaining and significant in presenting a very  different topic.  We took every aspect of TOK covered in the last two years and made different people look at the case from that perspective.  We wanted to demonstrate that the morality of each individual is a personal thing, and so is the way that each processes their TOK issues.  From a personal perspective, it appears that choices made are correct; that includes discussing water pollution, in class, and in life.  Every angle has its own morality: math has its own morality, science and art too.  And when discussing an issue as important and prevalent as water pollution, it is obvious that these moralities are sometimes controversial and sometimes debatable but always involved.

We feel our project was a huge success because we achieved our goal of getting our peers and teacher to see another angle.  It was a fun and effective presentation that examined a very crucial issue in our corner of this whole world.

By: Andrea, Diane, Jessica, and Sara

Last Updated 3/07/1999