Ethics In The Classroom

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Aristotle, a Greek philosopher, said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Children spend a significant amount of time with their teachers at school and develop many habits from them. Teachers want to educate their students on ethics, and there are unlimited instances where ethics would be relevant to teach in the classroom. Because of this, teachers should teach their students ethics in order to help them develop the morals which they may not learn at home. Educating students in the United States on ethics would be immensely beneficial, and would be fairly simple to implement.
Anybody who has been in a classroom is aware that teachers have an enormous effect on the development of their students. In
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In fact, according to Bohlin’s article, “More than 90% of the leadership in teacher education agreed that core values can and should be taught in school.” (Bohlin). In order to become a teacher, one must take specialized classes that educate them on the best and most effective ways to educate United States youth. These people who have specialized in this field would like to teach ethics, and believe it would be beneficial to students. Bohlin also stresses, "Many [teachers] want to help the young become good people, adults of intelligent substance and character." (Bohlin). If teachers wish to educate their students on classroom subjects as well as ethics, they should be able to. They want their students to become kind, intelligent, and good-decision-making adults. While some may say that children being taught ethics is something that should be handled by parents or guardians, unfortunately, not all children are taught ethics and morals at home. Even if children are taught these valuable things outside of school, they should be presented with many viewpoints in order to help them learn what they believe and think for themselves, rather than just be forced to stick with one viewpoint. In the article Classroom Behavior has Worsened, Schultz discusses a scenario where "four or five kids in a class of about 22 were running around uncontrolled, slamming doors and pushing other kids." (Schultz). Although this may not be a result of parents not educating children on ethics, it is an indicator that these children were not educated on how to behave and how to treat others. These same students could benefit from being taught ethics, and this would fix their behavioral issues quickly. Hannah McCrea gives input on this topic in her article The Public School Setting is Ideal for Teaching Ethics. McCrea says, "There is a difference between ethical guidance that presupposes the reason for acting a

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