Checking Your Values and Beliefs
This exercise is designed to provide a unique opportunity
for Academy students to explore individual values and beliefs
in the context of expanding multi-cultural awareness.
The following questions require answers that are grounded in your belief system or your attitudes about society.
The letters A, B, and C have been designated on the
walls surrounding the classroom. When it is time to answer each
question, you will be asked to "take a stand" by physically
moving and standing in a space with other Academy students who
have made that choice.
There is no right answer for each question. Questions
are expected to require difficult choices and to prompt discussion
on the issues related to attitudes and beliefs of Academy students.
Once you have selected you choice and moved to the
letter A, B, or C, a class discussion will follow.
1. What is the most important, fundamental right?
A) Equal opportunity.
B) Freedom of speech.
C) Freedom of religion.
2. Which factor has the greatest influence on
an individual's success?
A) Genetic make-up.
B) Home environment.
C) Educational opportunity.
3. What has the greatest influence on an individual's
beliefs about another person's race or culture?
A) Personal experience.
B) Current events.
C) Family's traditions and beliefs.
4. What is the greatest barrier to an individual
seeking help in the aftermath of crime?
A) Location of services.
B) Language barriers.
C) Cultural traditions and beliefs.
5. What characteristic is most important in another
6. What Constitutional protections are most important
A) Unwarranted search and seizure.
B) Equal protection under the law.
C) Right to due process.
7. Which one of the following will ultimately
be most effective in reducing crime?
A) Reduce poverty.
B) Guarantee swift and sure punishment.
C) Reduce child abuse and neglect.
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