What is ethics? - FACS-SD

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What are ethics?
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Mrs. Tracy Kern, Harrisburg Family and Consumer Science Teacher, Harrisburg, SD. Fall 2007.
Ethics

A system of moral principles.

Study of values, of how we ought to live.

Denotes systematic, rational reflection upon a
particular behavior.
Definition taken from:
“Ethics.” 2006. AboutDictionary.com. 3 Sep 2007. <http://dictionary.reference.com>
Values

The ideals, customs, institutions of a society toward which
the people of the group have an affective regard.

Values may be positive, as cleanliness, freedom, or
education.
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Values may be negative, as cruelty, crime, or blasphemy.
Definition taken from:
“Ethics.” 2006. AboutDictionary.com. 3 Sep 2007. http://dictionary.reference.com
“Everyone Else Does It!” Finance and Business. Sierra Community College. 28 Aug 2007.
<http://fab.sierracollege.edu/Projects/Ethics/Ethics%20Lesson%20Plan.htm>
Morals

Distinction between right vs. wrong.

Concerned with the principles or rules of right
conduct
Definition taken from:
“Morals.” 2006. AboutDictionary.com. 3 Sep 2007. <http://dictionary.reference.com>
Top Ten Questions You Should Ask
Yourself When Making an Ethical Decision
Could the decision become habit forming?
If so, don’t do it.
Is it Legal?
If it isn't, don’t do it.
Is it safe?
If it isn’t, don’t do it.
Top Ten Questions You Should Ask
Yourself When Making an Ethical Decision
Is it the right thing to do?
If it isn’t, don’t do it.
Will this stand the test of public scrutiny?
If it won’t, don’t do it.
If something terrible were to happen could I
defend my actions?
If you can’t, don’t do it.
Top Ten Questions You Should Ask
Yourself When Making an Ethical Decision
Is it just, balanced, and fair?
If it isn’t, don’t do it.
How will it make me feel about myself?
If it’s lousy, don’t do it.
Does this choice lead to the greatest good for
the greatest number?
If it doesn’t, don’t do it.
Top Ten Questions You Should Ask
Yourself When Making an Ethical Decision
Would you do this in front of an adult that
you respect?
If you wouldn’t, don’t do it.
Taken from:
Hopper, Carolyn. “Top Ten Questions You Should Ask Yourself When Making an Ethical Decision.”
(1998). University 101 Instructor’s Resource Manual Middle Tennessee State University.
http://www.mtsu.edu/~u101irm/ethicques.html.