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Why (and how) to teach ethics–in as early as 8th grade

Reprinted from Education Week: Teacher Leaders Network, Sept. 12, 2012

http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2012/09/11/tln_johnprosser_ryanprosser.html?tkn=ZOXFB75Bo%2FMSOguonUKXyuwQQ7PEzy8UTHf5&cmp=ENL-TU-NEWS2

 

Courting Controversy: Why (and How) We Teach Ethics

By John Prosser and Ryan Prosser

 

 

We teach ethics to our 8th grade students—and we do it from the very start of the school year. A lot of our colleagues wince at that. Aren’t we nervous about teaching a subject usually reserved for parents? And whose ethics are we teaching, anyway? Here’s how we respond.

As the study of morality, ethics is not the teaching of a specific set of beliefs. Rather, ethics is about learning to analyze and evaluate beliefs. As long as you communicate that clearly—and practice it in your classroom—there’s no need to worry about “whose ethics you’re teaching.”

Middle school students engage in ethical decision-making daily. Listen closely to nearly any student’s social musings and you’ll hear a lot of talk about justice and injustice, about “right” and “wrong.” Students constantly evaluate their experiences in this way, critiquing the fairness of the dress code or debating whether iPods should be allowed in class. Why not harness this interest for an intentional unit? Read more…

Should Olympic Athletes be paid or show sponsor tattoos?

Nick Symmonds sporting temporary tattoo for Hanson Dodge

Marketplace Morning Report ran a story on

Nick Symmonds must cover sponsor’s tattoo during competition

runner Nick Symmonds, an American athlete’s use of sponsorships–related to a temporary tattoo on the shoulder of the athlete from a sponsor that will need to be covered during the games.

The athlete argues that given all the money the Olympics generate, (American) athletes should be paid.

The Olympics were originally about amateur athletes-but recently that has been breached as we now see NBA and NHL players participating in the Olympics, for instance.

This raises an issue of fairness on two levels.  What’s fair to American athletes, who need to devote their lives to preparing and qualifying for the games when the event itself is a major money generator?  How should resources related to the Olympics be distributed?

Teachers can extend this issue by bringing up athletes from less developed countries who don’t have access to the kind of facilities and sponsors that American athletes have. Read more…

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