The Ethical Practice Of Nudging Children In School Cafeterias

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There are various definitions for the word nudge, sometimes it’s a physical nudge with the purpose of gaining someone’s attention, or it can be an accidental nudge by bumping into another person or thing. A nudge can also be a mental push, a push or nudge of encouragement, whether it be to make the ethical decision, or just make the decision that an authority figure (individual that wants to alter behavior or choices), wants to encourage individuals to choose.
Everyone has been nudged in at least one shape or form, at one point in time you have either asked or been asked for advice, if you have an opinion relating to the person’s decision, you are nudging them into concurring with your stance. In this essay, I will explore the ins
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Paternalism is generally conducted by limiting the options which the nudger thinks are either the poor, or in business the unethical choice. The author’s in this book address the practice of nudging children in school cafeterias into making healthier food choices. The debate is whether or not this limits individual freedom, by placing junk foods behind or above healthier alternatives like fruits or salads is a nudge, however, it does not eliminate the option of the junk food entirely. There are many examples of how paternalism has been implemented, or the attempt has been made to incorporate paternalistic protocols, an excellent example is the debate of mandatory helmet laws. Individuals have debated whether motorcycle riders should be required to wear helmets by law. An article published by Santa Clara University …show more content…
The motorcyclists, however, do not agree with this law, especially a group of over three-thousand bikers who gathered in California to protest this law, this comes as no surprise knowing the freedom, and rebellious ways that bikers normally have wired into their DNA. Many of the bikers claimed that this law limited their freedom, some of these bikers even claimed that it affected their religion due to the fact that they wear turbans and could not physically wear his helmet while still symbolizing his faith. Implementing a mandatory helmet law for all motorcyclist’s in California certainly exceeds the parameters of a “nudge”, considering, it is doing more than limiting the alternative option, it is attempting to completely eliminate it. In the book Nudge, this dilemma is also

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