The Benefits of Teaching Ethics

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Ethical issues are currently not taught in a consistent or logical way across different sectors in Victorian schooling system. The ethical issues of this time are often those that centre on a constitutional right. They affect most citizens, and by studying them we come up with our own opinion, as a young generation, preparing us for a fair and just future. These issues includes abortion, one-child policy, gay marriage, euthanasia and many more. By studying things like this, especially from a younger age, more confidence is born in us and saying what we believe to be ethically correct according to our beliefs, traditions and laws of now and the future day and age will come easily to us. It is these skills that we need to practice from a younger age before beginning our journey in this labouring world. Ethics classes should be about learning how to think. It is specifically about critical thinking and learning how best to act in situations by looking at the other options. It teaches empathy and an awareness of situations around the students, as well as within the community. It should be considered a priority, something essential to learn before finishing our school life and starting our own. Teaching ethics will bring forth valuable skills from which all children/students can benefit from once learning about them during their younger years. Touching on the concepts of rights, law, justice, religious based morality will achieve the goal of members of this society to consider personal and social issues and choices from within an ethical decision-making framework. By building an ethical decision-making frame in the students throughout their school life, they will then continue on to consider personal and social issues and cho... ... middle of paper ... ... in the time that they have in adolescent times, how will they deal with the situations that come when we do come to find the place of our work, social meetings or legal situations. The objective of ethics classes would be for children to open their minds to new ideas about alternative points of view, and how to respect them or to accept that they are different and not their own. This space of learning would be one where children can develop their views through discussions and exposure to alternative views. These life skills would prove to be beneficial in raising children to have respect for the right of others to hold views different from our own. As long as ethics classes encourage open discussion, I believe they will have only a positive influence on future generations. Works Cited http://www.efc.org.uk/parents/what_your_childs_school_should_teach.html

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