Tear Down This Wall: Ronald Reagan, the Cold War, and Responsibility45 min
As you read, imagine you are the protagonist.
- What challenges are you facing?
- What fears or concerns might you have?
- What may prevent you from acting in the way you ought?
- In what ways did Ronald Reagan exercise responsibility to enhance life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for himself and others?
- What was Ronald Reagan’s identity during the Cold War? To what extent do you see a consistent message in the various statements he made about communism from 1952 – 1987?
- With respect to communism and the Soviet Union, how did Reagan see his purpose as president during the 1980s?
Discuss the following questions with your students.
- What is the historical context of the narrative?
- What historical circumstances presented a challenge to the protagonist?
- How and why did the individual exhibit a moral and/or civic virtue in facing and overcoming the challenge?
- How did the exercise of the virtue benefit civil society and Reagan?
- What might the exercise of the virtue cost him?
- Would you react the same under similar circumstances? Why or why not?
- How can you act similarly in your own life? What obstacles must you overcome in order to do so?
- Students will analyze Ronald Reagan’s character as a leader and his actions in speaking out against communism throughout his career, in spite of opposition.
- Students will examine Reagan’s understanding of responsibility as an American citizen.
- Students will understand why acting responsibly affects the future of the United States.
- Students will act responsibly in their own lives to protect freedom.