Paired Texts > Eight White Sox Are Indicted
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In this article, Romeo Vitelli, Ph.D., examines people like Frank Abagnale, the con artist, to determine whether or not the act of cheating—and getting away with it—can be a positive motivator.Pair “Eight White Sox are Indicted” with “Is There a Cheater’s High?” and ask students to consider the White Sox players through the lens of this psychological research. Does the article from Psychology Today help explain why the players engaged in the confidence game scheme? Is a cheater’s high a likely motivation to engage in a crime? Could that have been the case in Chicago?
In this article from the Monitor on Psychology, researcher Melissa Dittmann explores the circumstances that drive people to commit immoral acts.Pair “Eight White Sox are Indicted” with “What Makes Good People Do Bad Things?” and ask students whether they believe Zimbardo’s philosophies on morality could help explain the actions of the eight White Sox players.
In the informational text "The Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Scandal," Jessica McBirney discusses the incident between the two figure skaters that captured the nation.Pair “Eight White Sox Are Indicted” with “The Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan Scandal” to provide students with another scandal in sports history. Ask students to discuss what drove the baseball players to accept bribes? How does this compare to the motivation behind Jeff Gillooly’s orchestration of the attack on Nancy Kerrigan? How were all those who were responsible in the two scandals punished? Do students think the consequences were fair? Why or why not?