MHS Power Hour
MHS student Tyson Murphy (left) is shown here playing chess against Rico Scott during Power Hour. Tyson, who is a member of the chess club and Truth Academy-Liberal Arts Academy student, plays frequently and is steadily improving his chess game this year. Power Hour in Mr. Joshi's room, besides chess, is a hotbed of high-octane debate and discussion about hot-topic political, economic, and social issues of the day. Tyson is one of perhaps a dozen regular participants in these informal discussions. Mr. Joshi acts as facilitator and sometimes as a provocateur in these discussions by offering a counter-narrative to whatever point of view that is being offered. Mr. Joshi's aim is to moderate student viewpoints so that they can at least see that those who disagree can disagree with reason. These questions typically arise organically in casual conversation over the sounds of lunch being eaten, music being played, and keyboards being typed. A sampling of debated questions include "Has the Atlantic Ocean been more significant historically than the Pacific Ocean?", "Is rap music a positive or negative force in society?", "Can a person be a creationist and a scientist at the same time?", "Is it reasonable to call any society a meritocracy if children have very unequal starts in life?" Student often carry these conversations out of the room as the warning bell rings for the start of the next period.