After reading Shelley’s Frankenstein, watching Bicentennial Man, and considering Star Trek: TNG’s Data, my students came up with as many different definitions and minimum requirements to be human as there were students.
Here’s a graph of their responses in histogram form. There were 23 student papers, and responses were not limited to any specific number of criteria; hence N being greater than 23.
Histogram of student responses to the prompt "What are the minimum requirements to be human?"
Most frequently cited requirement: Emotions.
Second most frequent requirement: Mortality.
High schoolers think about more than we give them credit for. I’m loving this class.
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