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					           ETHICS

GOING BEYOND MERELY WHAT IS RIGHT,
        AND WHAT IS WRONG
                 Opening Activity


 For this activity, go towards the corner of the room
 that you agree with.

 Stand by one of the four posters in a corner: “Agree”,
 “Somewhat Agree,” “Disagree,” and “Somewhat
 Disagree”
                Opening Acttivity




-I have control over the grades I receive.
 -If I work hard on an assignment, I deserve a good
 grade on it.
 -If I complete every requirement in an assignment, I
 deserve a good grade on it.
 -Receiving a “C” on an assignment means that I met
 the teacher’s expectations, but did not exceed them.
                                  Ethic(s)
 Main Entry: eth·ic
 Pronunciation: \ˈe-thik\
 Function: noun
 Etymology: Middle English ethik, from Middle French ethique, from Latin
  ethice, from Greek ēthikē, from ēthikos
 Date: 14th century
 1 plural but sing or plural in constr : the discipline dealing with what is
  good and bad and with moral duty and obligation

    2 a : a set of moral principles : a theory or system of moral values <the
    present-day materialistic ethic> <an old-fashioned work ethic> —often
    used in plural but singular or plural in construction <an elaborate ethics>
    <Christian ethics> b plural but sing or plural in constr : the principles of
    conduct governing an individual or a group <professional ethics> c : a
    guiding philosophy d : a consciousness of moral importance <forge a
    conservation ethic>

    3 plural : a set of moral issues or aspects (as rightness) <debated the ethics
    of human cloning>
     Going Beyond Dictionary Definitions

 The central question of ethics is:
 "What ought one to do?"
 Whenever you are faced with this question, you are
  dealing with ethics.
 In seeking to answer the question of "What ought
  one to do?" we are left with some enduring truths:
 Ethics is about relationships
 It's about struggling to develop a well-informed
  conscience
 It's about being true to the idea of who we are and
  what we stand for
 It's about having the courage to explore difficult
  questions
 It's about accepting the cost
   Going beyond a dictionary definition



A few years ago, sociologist Raymond Baumhart
asked business people, “What does ethics mean to
you?" Among their replies were the following:
 "Ethics has to do with what my feelings tell me is
 right or wrong."
 "Ethics has to do with my religious beliefs."
 "Being ethical is doing what the law requires."
 "Ethics consists of the standards of behavior our
 society accepts."
 "I don't know what the word means."
 These replies might be typical of our own. The
 meaning of "ethics" is hard to pin down, and the
 views many people have about ethics are shaky.
 What, then, is ethics? Ethics is two things. First,
 ethics refers to well based standards of right and
 wrong that prescribe what humans ought to do,
 usually in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to
 society, fairness, or specific virtues.
 Secondly, ethics refers to the study and development
 of one's ethical standards.
           Learn More About Ethics



 http://www.ethics.org.au/
 a. Why do the professors quoted in this article
 disagree with students’ assertion that if they work
 hard they deserve good grades?
 b. Do you agree that students have a heightened
 sense of entitlement when it comes to grades? Why
 or why not?
 c. Do you agree that students’ sense of entitlement is
 due to “increased parental pressure, competition
 among peers and family members and a heightened
 sense of achievement anxiety”? Would you add
 anything to that list? Would you take anything off of
 it? Why?
 d. Do you think that teachers at this school subscribe
 to the belief that if students “do what they are
 supposed to do and meet the standard requirements,
 that they will earn a C”? How would you characterize
 the grading policies at this school?
 e. In your opinion, what would be the fairest
 approach to grading? Why?
                Independent Practice



 A group of concerned community members have
    noticed grade inflation at our school and have made
    a presentation to the school board arguing for the
    following policy to be put in place:

 “Starting next year, the default grade at this school will
    be a C. In order to receive a higher grade, students must
    do more than simply meet the standard requirements in
    any given class.”

    The school board has not yet decided whether or not to
    institute this policy and they have enlisted your help to
    research the issue. They have asked that you hold a
    debate on the proposed policy to help inform the school
    community about its pros and cons before a decision is
    made. What is the ethical thing to do in this
    matter? Should we change the way we grade?

				
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