How to Talk About Ethical Issues in the Classroom

Research suggests a helpful, three-part framework for discussing issues of right and wrong.

BY EMILY CAMPBELL | Greater Good Science Center

“That’s not fair!” “She hit me on purpose.” “He’s not following the rules.”

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Have you ever heard someone say “I work for a scrappy non-profit; our budget is always tight, our computers are old, and I’m burned out”? This statement is a constant in our sector, and I loathe the thing.

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Why Every Child in Need Deserves an Urgent Response

‘What would you do if you saw a six-year-old alone in a public place?’

So begins a short video from UNICEF, which has received more than 2 million views on YouTube. In the video, Anano, a six-year-old child actor, is dressed in different ways and placed in different scenarios. When Anano is well-dressed, we see people actively trying to help her. But when Anano’s appearance is altered to make her look homeless, we see people shunning her and sometimes even telling her to go away.

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01/29/2018
Research suggests a helpful, three-part framework for discussing issues of right and wrong. BY EMILY CAMPBELL | Greater Good Science Center “That’s not fair!” “She hit me on purpose... read more
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03/27/2017
Have you ever heard someone say “I work for a scrappy non-profit; our budget is always tight, our computers are old, and I’m burned out”? This statement is a constant in our sector, and I loathe the... read more
Refugee child sitting alone on city street.
11/30/2016
‘What would you do if you saw a six-year-old alone in a public place?’ So begins a short video from UNICEF, which has received more than 2 million views on YouTube. In the video, Anano, a six-year... read more
Four kids in a classroom raising their hands to answer a question.
01/29/2018
Research suggests a helpful, three-part framework for discussing issues of right and wrong. BY EMILY CAMPBELL | Greater Good Science Center “That’s not fair!” “She hit me on purpose... read more
Word cloud of business terms with SHAREHOLDING pinned with red tack.
03/27/2017
Have you ever heard someone say “I work for a scrappy non-profit; our budget is always tight, our computers are old, and I’m burned out”? This statement is a constant in our sector, and I loathe the... read more
Refugee child sitting alone on city street.
11/30/2016
‘What would you do if you saw a six-year-old alone in a public place?’ So begins a short video from UNICEF, which has received more than 2 million views on YouTube. In the video, Anano, a six-year... read more