In Remember The Titans, what evidence is there of mutual interdependence in the recognition of superordinate goals?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Naturally, if there has been any class instruction about how your instructor defines both concepts, this should be recognized as part of your assessment.  Superordinate goals are the objectives through which mutual independence is needed in order to accomplish.  For example, if warring factions recognize that they need to work together in the recognition of something more elevated than both of them, this is where the mutual interdependence becomes evident.  In this light, mutual interdependence becomes the means by which superordinate goals are accomplished.  The film shows this.  The superordinate goal is for the the team to win with both Black and White players.  The racial animosity that is present at the start of the journey is deferred in the name of the superordinate goal of team success.  Black and white players understand that mutual interdependence is needed in this recognition.  The "team" supersedes the individual.  In the crippling of Bertier, the superordinate goal of wining the championship and recognizing a team leader is once again shown as being accomplished through mutual independence of the team members. 


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