Ethics, yay or nay?

I received a snapchat from my granddaughter, college sophomore, last night at 1 something and we often have conversations when neither of us can sleep.

She said she was contemplating anything that might seem unethical that she’s done in her life. She’s 20! I assume she’s taking a required Ethics class. I didn’t even know they taught that anymore…and why would they? So I looked it up and yes, they do. It’s the why I don’t get….

By the time you are in college, it is my opinion your morals and ethics system is already ingrained. What do you all think? Is it needed or a waste of time and money by the student? “Enquiring minds want to know”.

16 thoughts on “Ethics, yay or nay?

  1. I sought deep and wide to find all I believed about current issues by the time I was in college, however I was so busy just trying to survive I wasn’t able to take the time to come up with every answer. Ethics in college is a beautiful open door. The question is, shouldn’t we be seeking out to build our ethics upon the truth which we live by? For truth is the very foundation of ethics. Therefore, I do not think it wise to take an ethics class from a college. I did it and it took years to undo mentally what I was taught- even though I had a very strong foundation in my beliefs prior to attending the class. College age kid may act like they have everything together, but the truth is they’re scared too and just trying to learn how to do the right things.

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  2. As a retired professor, I believe it is important to teach ethics, especially as my syllabus grew each semester, as I had to explain ethical and unethical behavior to college students, some seniors. Yes, some parents do a great job teaching right from wrong, but when students come to college, they need to be reminded that cheating on exams is unethical, turning in work that is not your own is unethical, especially in a society like ours that teach the ends justify the means and success by any means necessary. Teaching ethics gets students to consider each action of their lives, particularly in regards to how their actions impact others and themselves.

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  3. There’s ethics? 🙂 I find that we often have generic principles ingrained, like do no harm or love others as you love yourself (which is tricky if you’re JL Dahmer) but I think ethical frameworks shift as we shift.

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  4. I think it’s never too late to reflect on the subject… I agree with you that by the age of 20, we already have our own sense of morals, but I don’t think it is set in stone. Questionning yourself, every once in a while can only be a good thing, if you ask me 🙂

    So I guess I’d me on the “not a waste of time/money” team 🙂

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    1. Interesting, because I know I’ve questioned myself a lot, especially since I’ve been by myself the last 6 years. It gives a different perspective and I agree with you.


  5. I had no ethics at all until after I gained the responsibility of other lives – that’s when it really mattered how the rest of the world bumped along with us. Otherwise, I was just as selfish, just as determined, just as bull-headed as everyone else who wanted to be ‘grown-up’ before their time.
    Ethics? Define the moral principles first, then … who knows?

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