History of Human Thought class Skypes with best-selling author Mitch Albom

Tuesdays with Morrie jacket cover. Photo by Claire Halpin

History of Human thought is a unique trimester long class taught by Scott Minehart that includes perspectives regarding different religions around the world. Toward the end of the class Minehart also likes to have the students read Tuesdays with Morrie.

Tuesdays with Morrie taught me a lot about how religion and having good morals are often confused in today’s society,” senior Riley Beronja said. “This confusion leads to many problems and conflicts with different groups in today’s society.”

This memoir follows a sports journalist (Mitch Albom) who talks to his old professor (Morrie Schwartz) who is dying from ALS.  Morrie gives Mitch advice in this book about what you can learn from dying about living.

“Being an avid reader, I am accustomed to feeling emotional about books,” senior Emma Scheller said. “Tuesdays with Morrie lead me to question so many different aspects about my life and reflect on not only the past, but also the future.”

This book has been read many years by the students, but this year, with the help of senior Michael Tracy, the class was able to have a Skype interview with the New York best selling author. Once Mitch Albom was able to figure out how Skype worked that is. He later told the class this during the Skype and even showed the class his “out dated” flip phone.

Albom answered different questions that the class had prepared for him. Prior to the Skype interview, the class had been working on coming up with a unique set of questions to ask Albom, especially considering the short span of 30 minutes that they would have.

The class tried to ask questions that were not already answered and would give more insight on Albom’s opinions and life story.

“I thought the students rose to the occasion,” Minehart said, “and came up with great prospective questions that Mitch found to be intriguing.”

The students asked Mitch questions that were about his views on life and different aspects of his life. They were able to learn about why Mitch decided to take his first class with Morrie. They also learned about his favorite parts of the book, and what we wishes he could talk about with Morrie if he was able to have another conversation with him.

The students were even able to ask him about whether or not he regretted not having kids, considering Morrie said in his book that having children was the true fulfillment of life.

Minehart is a big fan of Tuesdays with Morrie and said he thinks that the lessons that it teaches it are very important, especially in a high school setting. Laced with morals that are universal to all cultures and different groups of people, the book’s  message is  important in a society where there are clashes and many problems concerning people with different cultures and religions.

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