by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
"Harrison Bergeron" by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. is a story about attaining equality using some extreme measures and methods. The constant desire to attain equality in schools and in life contrasts with a natural or unnatural desire to compete and to assert our individuality or genius. On the one hand we desire people to do their best and then in practice we set handicaps on people to prevent success. You may find this story a very interesting dilemma, not too dissimilar to our own. You may also find it disturbing. Read the story and then think how this story relates to you. Think about whether Nietzsche wasn't on to something when he criticized the naive idea of human equality. Or that uniformity (of any kind) leads to the loss of individuality, and therefore to absolute deformity of humanness.
Use the questions below to help you understand the story. We will be using BlackBoard to have the discussion about this story. It will be in the Discussion Board section where you express your ideas, you will then read other scholars' responses and reply to each of them. You will read the responses to your ideas and respond. You will use inquiry methods to have this conversation about "Harrison Bergeron," equity, and you. Use what you read to help you create the harrison.html file. Please use the list below to help shape your file.
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