A quick update on my “cloning research” assignment. Out of 60 students only 4 gave a clear indication that they did not believe that this site was real. The last question that students had to answer in a Google form was:
“Would you trust this company if you wanted to purchase a clone? Explain”
Many students said, “No” but they did not want a clone for various reasons such as fear, not wanting one, or even ethical or religious reasons.
So the next day I congratulated the students who figured it out and told the rest of the class that they had been tricked. We then had a short discussion about how they should trust no one including the internet, TV, newspapers, textbooks, and teachers. I told them that they should question and doubt everything until proven.
My hope is that it was be a memorable lesson for them.