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Why do you think Mr. Brock reacted the way he did to Yusuf?

Was his reaction appropriate? Why or why not? If the Scouts think his reaction was inappropriate, have them suggest other ways he could have reacted.

Should Stephen have confronted his dad the way he did? Why or why not? How else might he have responded?

Ask the Scouts if they’ve ever gotten angry when someone else acted in an inappropriate way. If so, did the other person’s action justify their reaction? Why or why not?

Should Stephen tell Yusuf why his dad acted the way he did? What would be the advantages or disad- vantages of doing that?

Should Stephen go to the movie with Yusuf and his friends? Why or why not?

Should parents have the right to decide with whom their kids hang out? Why or why not?

Is it ever O.K. to disobey your parents? If yes, when?

What will happen if Mr. Brock finds out about Stephen’s disobedience?

What if Yusuf had invited Stephen to a Chicago Bulls game? To his troop meeting? To his mosque? How would that change the situation?

What if Yusuf were African American? White? Hispanic? Jewish? Female? Would that change the situation?

Mr. Brock wants Stephen to break off his friendship with Yusuf. Stephen chooses to continue it behind his dad’s back. Does Stephen have any other options? How might he continue the friendship without lying to his dad?

The Scout Law includes Friendly and Obedient. In this situation, can Stephen be both? How? ¿


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