PRACTICAL AND SIMPLE ETHICAL SKILLS FOR EVERDAY
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We can appreciate diversity in culture, in dress, in food, in religious ceremonies, in dance, in art etc. but if we are to live in harmony together, we need to have commonly accepted standards of right and wrong.
Ordinary people all over the world face much the same problems of living together in communities, dealing with each other in business and in social activities, and in bringing up children in an increasingly complex world.
For over forty years attempts to introduce any form of values “education” into our state schools foundered on the question, “Whose values? What values?”
The 2007 curriculum attempted to solve the problem by stating a list of generally accepted values, and the hope that students would “develop their ability to make ethical decisions and act on them.”
It is impossible to make consistent ethical decisions in a multicultural society on the basis of a set of generally accepted values. These may be the values of the majority.
The same values may have different meanings within different ethnic groups. Not all values are ethical values – even criminals have values. Just because “everybody does it” does not make an action ethical.
The method of ethical reasoning offered here depends on basic ethical principles with which to examine values and make consistent ethical decisions. It aims to raise the level of ethical reasoning from, “What’s in it for me?” to “How will my actions affect other people and the environment?”
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A simple, consistent and practical formula for ethical reasoning and making ethical decisions, within the requirements of the 2007 N.Z.Curriculum.
On-line – A selection of teaching resources designed for teachers, parents and new immigrants in a democratic and multi-cultural society.