This cognitive moral dilemma lesson was originally written as a current events activity.  It has been used since to discuss the power of former Presidents, and also tying past to present with a look at American foreign policy.  It can also be used to discuss diplomacy powers, too.

Carter’s Dilemma asks students to consider what they would do if they had been President Carter as he attempted to negotiate a peaceful outcome with the Haitian government knowing that the Clinton administration was preparing to send in military forces.

Please download and read our free Cognitive Moral Dilemma Teaching Guide to prepare for this teaching strategy.

  • Subject Areas: Social Sciences, Sciences, Humanities, Government
  • Materials Required: Whiteboard or display
  • Time Needed: Typically half or an entier class period