Ethics camp

“Ethics Camp” for science teachers at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics is featured in the New York Times. Teachers learn how to incorporate ethical debates into their curriculum.

Camp founder Steve Johnson also has developed a literature curriculum based on ethical questions. For example, the “responsibility requires action’ unit asks students to analyze Cassius’ and Brutus’ actions in “Julius Caesar.”

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    Are the ethic camps for all teachers, or science teachers only? If the latter, why? Does someone feel that science teachers (as opposed to English teachers, or phys-ed teachers) are the most lacking in ethics?

  2. They do camps for various kinds of teachers. This one happened to be for science teachers, and they’re working on an earth science curriculum with an ethics focus. Not sure where the ethics comes in, but they hope to capitalize on kids’ interest in natural disasters.

  3. SuperSub says:

    Seems like an interesting idea. I’m guessing a lot of the curriculum will revolve around current scientific debates, which is a boon to the classroom. Too many science teachers forget to inform students about the science that is going on currently.

  4. carpeicthus says:

    I’d love to see an Ethics in Topography class.

  5. I wonder why they are emphasizing this now. The state of New hampshire did a mandated ethics program over 20 years ago. They collaborated with several of the New England colleges (UNH, Boston College, Tufts, Dartmouth were, I think, involved). They taught the methodology to mentors in the various school systems and then the mentors were to pass it on in their own districts. It made a lot of sense to me then for this to be done and I applaud it now but I do think that attention should be paid to the originators and their experiences as well as the new methodology and some workable composite developed.

    I do not know if it is still being done in New Hampshire as I have moved away but I do know that in the 1980’s the program was in place and working.

  6. 25 years sounds like a good cycle. All things old are new again in Ed.

    FWIW, this is a pretty unimaginative lesson plan example. I’m not sure how you’d teach JC without doing something along these lines.