Teaching Ethics

In June 2007, the National Science Teachers Association adopted its official position statement on professionalism. Teachers, like all other working adults, are expected to conduct their work professionally and ethically. But when exactly would they have learned proper ethics? Ethics is sometimes perceived as a sensitive issue and is not explicitly taught in the K-12 years. Here are some resources on ethics education to assist you in preparing your students for higher education and the work force.

The President’s Council on Bioethics
Some topics included on this web site are: aging, biotechnology; cloning; and behavior control.

Bad Science
The public is captivated by forensic science as portrayed in TV shows, but are we aware that forensic scientists are faced with some unethical demands in the course of their work?

St James Ethics Centre: Imagine A More Ethical World
This not-for-profit organization provides a forum for the exploration of ethical decision making.

Why Teach Bioethics?
A high school chemistry teacher poses this question in an article and notes that bioethics is an excellent vehicle to generate interest and establish the relevancy of science content.


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