The Unknown Adjunct

March 31, 2009

Fear for the future (with epilog)

Filed under: Academics,Ethics,teaching — unknownadjunct @ 12:43 am
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Yikes …

We’ve spent the last four weeks in one of my classes working through a section on ethics. The exam is tomorrow, and I get a question from a student in the online forum:

“I can’t seem to find specific, drawn out reasons why ethics are important …., I think this was in the notes on a day that I missed class…”

Yes. They’re also in the book chapters you were supposed to read as well. Along with all the reasons why ethics are important and that ethical dilemmas are a part of life.

Now, there is the possibility that I really dorfed up my teaching, so the students never got the point … but it’s a section of 45 and that was the only question I got. Plus, I really stressed this particular point during several lectures. But we’ll see how the test answers go.

All that said, if students are unclear about the importance of ethics, I fear for the future of the Republic. Maybe I just can’t compete against the example of our (sometimes) business and (sometimes) political leaders’ apparent attitudes about ethics.

DD-35! 5 weeks today!

Epilog:
Exam results: student was 2 standard deviations below the mean

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