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Is It Ethical? Essay

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From a young age, individuals learn about what is right and what is wrong. According to Sandra Crosser, Ph.D., many young children do not have a clear understanding of right and wrong. As children grow, their views on the world develop. Many will argue that children gain their morals from their parents; others say that children get their morals from the people that they interact with. The development of morals is a topic of controversy in both the scientific and philosophical/ethical communities. When thinking about higher education and the role ethics play on the individuals, many psychologists and other professions have considered whether or not universities are capable of creating ethical individuals, or if students develop their ethics before coming to college. Many people believe that universities are responsible for creating moral/ethical individuals, but I am going to argue that ethics within the individual form before entering college. Universities and colleges have a strong impact on the students that attend their schools, yet universities and colleges are not responsible for creating ethical beings because ethics courses do not change individuals’ ethics, ethics are acquired from parent’s and guardians, and morals are developed before students enter college.
Today, many universities do not require undergraduate students to take an ethics course. But in the 1900s, almost any university a student attended required ethics courses. I have found that many professionals think that students should take an ethics course in college because it is the time that student’s are forming their morals, yet in many professional articles, such as Pu-Shih Daniel Chen, Jon C. Dalton, and Pamela C. Crosby’s article, “How Colleges Differ in their Efforts to Promote 
Moral and Ethical Development in College”, originally published in Religion & Education, they discussed how teaching within the universities has changed, leaving less of an impact on morals and ethics within the class. Chen, Dalton, and Crosby begin by discussing how, “moral and religious values were a centerpiece of institutional mission” (Chen). But these authors discuss as years pass, the value of ethical/moral education has changed. Chen, Dalton, and Crosby state, “By the 1960s, most colleges and universities in the United States, including many historically faith oriented institutions, had adopted a secular orientation that relegated matters of faith and religion to the private realm of students’ lives and increasingly to the periphery of academic life” (Chen). In the 1960s, ethics and morals were not as prominent in students’ education, as it had been in earlier years. “Over the past twenty years, concern has grown that American higher education is failing its legacy and responsibility for encouraging moral and civic capacities so critical in a democratic society”(Chen). Chen, Dalton, and Crosby are demonstrating why they believe that schools are responsible for creating ethical individuals....

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