Ethicsclass is no more than a place to provide students with a social license todiscuss topics or subject matters they wouldn’t have otherwise been able to discussin other settings. We need people to stand up for their rights and principles,believe in themselves and have a strong moral compass. Creating a positivemoral and ethical environment and ethical culture in the classroom will allowstudents to feel accepted, make their opinion and ideas feel welcomes, and inessence this will create an environment conducive to personal growth. Remember that life lessons occur daily, sohelp students link real life events and situations to the classroom lesson.
Noone wants to learn strictly from a textbook. It’s unrealistic and honestly it’sboring. In how many real life situations are students going to link theteachings of Socrates and Aristotle to? Removingthe “I’m right and you’re wrong” feel in the classroom will also create a morepositive classroom environment. Grading a student based on their responses onopinion based questions is questionable. No two students thought process worksthe same; no two student’s moral compass is the same.
Each person’s moral codeis different and may not actually be legally sound, but according to theperson’s values, it is moral. Instead of a traditional letter grade based on anumbers system, students should receive a passing grade or a failing grade.Proponents of the Pass/Fail grading system believe that it takes the pressureoff students to express themselves more in positive manner. Ethicsshould be a requirement for all programs of study. Business focused schoolsshould use examples of ethical practices and decision making throughout thecurriculum, not just in the ethics class.
The more you learn about ethicalbehavior, the more likely you are to think twice when facing difficultsituations. If ethic practices can be embedded in more classes, it can and willlead to the culture of integrity that will follow student into their lives andcareers.