Video instructions and help with filling out and completing Can Form 5495 Ethics

Instructions and Help about Can Form 5495 Ethics

Just consider it for a moment you feel pressure regarding your class grade and have an opportunity to turn in work there's not your own to get ahead you can tell a friend an important truth which also might end the friendship you recognize that the continued use of fossil fuels and cars and planes contribute to climate change and yet you want to get where you need to go you want about the implications of placing your child in a new charter school with higher testing scores as opposed to supporting your own neighborhood school where you see an interaction at a party between a man and a woman that seems off and you wonder whether you should intervene we face challenges the life large and small and if we listen closely ask ethical questions of us what are my principles what are my values what do I stand for these questions asks us to consider our obligations to ourselves and to others the required decisions and actions and turn these decisions and actions form a part of who we are or our character is ethical persons but how well-equipped are we respond to these challenges on what basis do we tell a friend a painful truth as opposed to engaging in deceit or decide to intervene to someone help someone in need more generally how do we know what it means to live a good life as a philosopher Ephesus and educator I'm interested in how we recognize these questions but also how we learn to respond to them well so you're probably familiar with what an educator is right one who teaches and perhaps you've met a philosopher before two other were exotic species of some kind right but the ones who ask big questions we might be wondering what is an ethicist well there's many kinds of us so there are business ethicists who consider the place of ethics in the workplace in coping and financial sectors there are research ethicists who discuss the importance of integrity and research practices and consider the broader implications of the research we produce and they're a bioethicists consider the ethical implications of biomedical research stem-cell research for example or human impacts on the environment just through GMOs but at his or her core the emphasis is one who cares and thinks deeply about matters of right and wrong and how we can choose ethically better as opposed to ethically problematic courses of action in life so when I refer to the ethicist I'm not referring to some magical person or saint who always knows and does and can tell others the good no am i referring to an exclusive class of people licensed by university hospital or business to practice ethics rather the ethicist or the everyday ethicist as I refer to it can be found in our homes in our streets and in our schools the everyday ethicist can be a friend family member acquaintance or stranger the everyday ethicist is all of us installers we recognize and counter and respond to the ethical issues that arise in our own lives now one doesn't need a doctorate in moral philosophy to recognize this many of you will probably already have considered the everydayness of ethics in your own life and I'm consulted with by undergraduate students on a regular basis regarding ethical issues that they face in their life just some recent examples just a discussion with a student about conflict that she was experienced about respecting the wishes of her parents and choosing her own course of study at here at Penn State another student was conflicted about loyalty through his partner and the desire to end a long term relationship and another student who's concerned about Penn State's investment in fossil fuels and how to pushpin state towards investment in cleaner energy but my point is not just that ethical issues are prevalent in our lives many of us probably have already thought about that but that take your step further it's possible to develop better or worse answers to these challenges and questions right we can act unethically so in ways that perhaps we regrets and hopefully we learn from and we can act ethically and in ways that promote the good and although there's no single answer to to deciding between those two options one way to respond is to cultivate our own ethical awareness and to develop the skills needed to act ethically now ideally school which is one of the most significant socializing experiences we have would play a useful role in helping us to respond to ethical challenges right we go to school at least in part to prepare us for adulthood there's a variety of skills academic social personal that allow us to understand our world and ourselves - the same we get training in a variety of academic subjects and an informal curriculum of extracurricular activities clubs sports and so on but what we dearly don't receive is training an ethics education nor in an era of maxed out curricula and standardized testing do we really even leave open space for frank and honest discussion about the ethical issues that we face in life now this lack of attention to ethics has implications now in the book lost in transition the dark side of emerging adulthood Christian Smith who's a sociologist from the University of Notre Dame discusses the results of thousands of survey interviews and hundreds of in-person interviews that he conducted with emerging adults ages 13 to 23 regarding their understanding of ethics and two things became clear from these interviews one that children and adolescents often do raise ethical questions in class write about the issues they face in the hallway their own lives the quicken their being taught but these questions often sidestepped and avoid it in the classroom by teachers and administrators in order to try and avoid controversy thus Smith notes that