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					         A Correlation Between the
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
           and JA Business Ethics




                                               May 2008

                                           JA Worldwide®
                                       One Education Way
                               Colorado Springs, CO 80906
                                           Overview

In this document, the JA Business Ethics program is correlated to the Texas Essential Knowledge
and Skills (TEKS) for Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits,
Introduction to Business, and Business Management. The standards are located on the Texas
Department of Education website, www.tea.state.tx.us/teks/.

This list is not meant to be exhaustive or intended to infer that a resource will completely address
any given standard, but is designed to show how it will enhance or complement efforts to do so.

JA Business Ethics fosters ethical decision-making in students as they prepare to enter the
workforce and take part in the global marketplace. Students learn to recognize, analyze, and
apply basic terminology, theories, and concepts common to the study of ethics. They explore their
own ethical values and philosophy, establish ethical priorities, recognize key ethical issues, and
learn to evaluate their decision-making process.
                                        JA Business Ethics

    Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills                                   JA Business Ethics

   118.2 Economics with Emphasis on the Free Enterprise System and Its Benefits

(2) Citizenship. The student understands the                Work Ethics-Ethical Decision-Making—Students
rights and responsibilities of businesses in the            apply an ethical decision-making process to
U.S. free enterprise system.                                workplace dilemmas and evaluate their own
(A) analyze the economic rights and responsibilities        personal decision-making processes.
of businesses.
(B) analyze the consequences of an economic                 Organizational Ethics—Students weigh the
decision made by a business.                                consequences of various actions as they explore
(C) analyze the ethics policy of a selected business.       professional duties and ethical conflicts within
                                                            various departments in a vitamin business.

                                                            Social Responsibility—Students explore two
                                                            prevalent, but conflicting, theories of social
                                                            responsibility in business ethics – obligation to
                                                            make a profit versus obligation to obey the law.

                                                            Global Business Ethics-Multinational Issues—
                                                            Students recognize the connections between
                                                            interdependence, social responsibility choices, and
                                                            ethical decision-making as they make
                                                            recommendations to the board of directors of a
                                                            multinational corporation on several complex
                                                            ethical issues.


(5) Economics. The student understands the                  Introduction to Ethics-Ethos Island—Students role
concepts of scarcity and opportunity costs.                 play members of three groups that are shipwrecked
(A) explain why scarcity and choice are basic               on an island. Each group must assess their
problems of economics.                                      resources, goals, challenges, and plan of action for
                                                            interacting with the other two groups to ensure their
                                                            survival. They learn that society is made up of
                                                            groups who have varied resources, that some
                                                            members in a society have needs and wants but
                                                            cannot provide for themselves, and that choices
                                                            made by one group can affect another group.


(23) Social studies skills. The student applies             Throughout the program, students analyze
critical-thinking skills to organize and use                information, make comparisons, draw conclusions,
information acquired from a variety of sources              propose solutions, and explain their reasoning as
including electronic technology.                            they examine key ethical issues in their own lives,
(A) analyze information by sequencing,                      in the workplace, and around the world.
categorizing, identifying cause-and-effect
relationships, comparing, contrasting, finding the
main idea, summarizing, making generalizations
and predictions, and drawing inferences and
conclusions.




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    Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills                                     JA Business Ethics


(24). Social studies skills. The student                     Throughout the program, students communicate in
communicates in written, oral, and visual forms.             written and oral forms. Examples include
(A) use social studies terminology correctly.                participating in group discussions, making oral
(B) use standard grammar, spelling, sentence                 presentations, analyzing quotations and writing
structure, and punctuation.                                  personal responses, and recording what they learned
 (D) create written, oral, and visual presentations of       in each session.
social studies information.


(25) Social studies skills. The student uses                 Throughout the program, students use problem-
problem-solving and decision-making skills,                  solving and decision-making skills as they analyze
working independently and with others, in a                  ethical values and philosophies, establish ethical
variety of settings.                                         priorities, and identify solutions to key ethical issues
(A) use a problem-solving process to identify a              in their own lives, in the workplace, and around the
problem, gather information, list and consider               world.
options, consider advantages and disadvantages,
choose and implement a solution, and evaluate the
effectiveness of the solution.
(B) use a decision-making process to identify a
situation that requires a decision, gather
information, identify options, predict consequences,
and take action to implement a decision.

                                   120.25 Introduction to Business
(8) The student defines ethics in business.                  Work Ethics-Ethical Decision-Making—Students
(A) distinguish between ethical and unethical                apply an ethical decision-making process to
business practices.                                          workplace dilemmas and evaluate their own
(B) contrast ethical and legal choices.                      personal decision-making processes.
(C) relate the ethical decision-making process to
business situations.                                         Organizational Ethics—Students weigh the
                                                             consequences of various actions as they explore
                                                             professional duties and ethical conflicts within
                                                             various departments in a vitamin business.

                                                             Social Responsibility—Students explore two
                                                             prevalent, but conflicting, theories of social
                                                             responsibility in business ethics – obligation to
                                                             make a profit versus obligation to obey the law.

                                                             Global Business Ethics-Multinational Issues—
                                                             Students recognize the connections between
                                                             interdependence, social responsibility choices, and
                                                             ethical decision-making as they make
                                                             recommendations to the board of directors of a
                                                             multinational corporation on several complex
                                                             ethical issues.




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    Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills                                 JA Business Ethics

                                  120.46 Business Management
(4) The student explains the concepts of integrity        Work Ethics-Ethical Decision-Making—Students
as related to the business environment.                   apply an ethical decision-making process to
(A) determine definitions of business ethics and          workplace dilemmas and evaluate their own
confidentiality.                                          personal decision-making processes.
(B) compares honest and dishonest business
practices.                                                Organizational Ethics—Students weigh the
(C) analyze the effects of unethical practices on a       consequences of various actions as they explore
business, on consumers, and on employees.                 professional duties and ethical conflicts within
(F) identify ethical considerations of workplace          various departments in a vitamin business.
politics.
                                                          Social Responsibility—Students explore two
                                                          prevalent, but conflicting, theories of social
                                                          responsibility in business ethics – obligation to
                                                          make a profit versus obligation to obey the law.

                                                          Global Business Ethics-Multinational Issues—
                                                          Students recognize the connections between
                                                          interdependence, social responsibility, choices, and
                                                          ethical decision-making as they make
                                                          recommendations to the board of directors of a
                                                          multinational corporation on several complex
                                                          ethical issues.




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