The involuntary removal of a passenger on a United Airlines flight has justifiably garnered a lot of attention. And as teachers we certainly want to capture students’ attention. But how do we create a discussion among students that goes beyond the simple shock value of showing the video? In this episode I talk both about the connections to psychology and about a series of new books that describe ways – simple ways – that teachers can create powerful, critical thinking, discussions in their classrooms.
Resources for this Episode
- What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain – a must read for any teacher.
- Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning – highly recommended
5 Reasons Why More People Didn’t Help In This Situation
- Diffusion of Responsibility: “Someone else will probably do something”
- Ambiguity of the situation: “What exactly is going on anyway? I’ve never seen anything like this
- Perceived Cost: “If I get involved I might be thrown off the plane too”
- Similarity: He’s not one of my in-group
- Presence of an Authority Figure: “This doesn’t seem right but….well, those are officers taking him away, so….”
- Social Roles: “I don’t know – I’m just a passenger and I’m supposed to do what they tell me”