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Siituational Ethics: Teaching Our Kids How it Works & How to Beat It In the Classroom

Michael Jacques

Published on Nov 22, 2014

I submit to you, that all education and government is based on some world view, some philosophical view, and thus is inherently religious by it's very nature! The question becomes which world view do you, education, and government hold and why?

Values Clarification, Situational Ethics, Decision Making Skills, Problem Solving Skills, Critical Thinking Skills, Higher Order Thinking Skills, Creative Thinking Skills, Values Appraisals, Conflict Resolution Skills are all names of programs that teach children there are not any moral absolutes!*

These discussion activities are most often attempted in guidance counseling lessons, peer conflict resolution programming, health class and family consumer education courses. One must ask for and view all material that is used curricularly to teach one's child. The one thing which is common in all of these programs is that when viewing papers or manuals with worksheets filled with questions that challenge children's beliefs and values, one will never find any right or wrong answers to the moral dilemmas. This is a form of brainwashing. The children are to decide what is best for themselves or the group.

I personally have asked the question of staff who teach this type of material why there are never any right or wrong answers. The general reply is that no one ought to impose their values on someone else. I maintain that if that is true, then by what rights do they have to teach children there are not any moral absolutes? What right do they have to teach that each value is best determined by the child and thus undermine the parent's ability to direct the upbringing of their children?

Children are ill prepared to handle this kind of manipulation for the following reasons:

1. It always pits one value or belief against another

2. It always locks children into a box of choices, giving children the illusion that they are making their own decisions

3. It propagates the notion that there are not any moral absolutes

4. It teaches that children have a right to determine what is right and wrong based on how they feel independent of their parents.

5. It sets up X number of parents for a fall, where the child comes home one day, and states the the parent does not have a right to tell him what to do, and that he can therefore make his own decisions.

6. It propagates as in multiculturalism that all beliefs are equal

7. It promotes group think mentality that values and beliefs can be decided by the group not on the idea there is a moral absolute.

8. Parents are finding their children to be more defiant and obstinate than they ever were before.

9. At it's core, it tears down traditional values, and undermines religious freedom and the family.

I have personally asked a teacher why one never finds any right or wrong answers in these moral dilemmas found in situational ethics and values clarification. The reply of the teacher was "do you want to impose your moral values on everyone else"? I said "No, I do not need to do that, but on the other hand it is not your right or the educational establishment's right to teach these kids that moral right and wrong are a matter of opinion; you are undermining my position in the home as the parent."