Ethics (9th-12th)

Teacher: Laurie Russell

Description: Ethics “gives students the opportunity to explore and evaluate different opinions and compare them to their own. It promotes critical thought, which is beneficial to practice before making any decision. Critically thinking about situations also can prevent students from blindly following others without considering alternative options…..ethics provides a way for students to engage in intellectual discussions, improve moral reasoning, and explore the answers to meaningful questions about life.

Sharing personal thoughts or opinions about ethical issues can build confidence in students and teaches them that their beliefs about problems in society are important. Through debate or arguments that reflect opposing views, students can freely address ethical issues. Debating whether or not an act such as abortion, war, or denying a human right violates human rights or harms others allows students to explore and evaluate diverse thoughts about behavior.” https://study.com/academy/lesson/teach ing-ethics-to-high-school-students.html

A topic will be introduced through a short video, then we’ll discuss the idea together in class. Afterward, the students will group together to do an informal debate. Each student will need to be an active vocal participant, in this class, with oral arguments for their side.

Class Length: 16 weeks

Prerequisites: None

Homework: 0-30 minutes

Book: None

Supplies: Dedicated notebook, pencil/pen

Fees: $12