Ethical Analysis: Why Does it Seem Like No One Does It?


     It is important to understand the basics of ethical analysis.  We owe it not to just ourselves but society as a whole, to take the time to gather facts and dissect reasoning before we come to a well thought-out conclusion.  I think our book does a decent job at providing some basic rules on how to analyze ethical issues, such as gathering the details of the case, identifying relevant material, and determining possible routes.  However, the book does not give good examples of how this process is actually enacted.

     The author gives an example of a professor with a student, who is a star on the football team and is also failing the professor’s class.  The author weighs out the options of failing the student, which would result in him not being able to play in the big game, or passing him, since the football team is so good and needs him to win.  The author fails to address the all of the professor’s responsibility as an educator.  He addresses the professor’s responsibility of equality for all of his students, but does not discuss the professor’s responsibility to making sure his students are successful.  This student-athlete may not be good at mathematics, but he could play professional football one day.  Not allowing this player to play the game could hurt his chances of becoming a professional.  In my belief, the professor has the responsibility to look out for his student’s future.  His student may not be good at anything besides football.  Do not punish him for his inefficiencies, but rather help him establish himself in the field in which he does achieve on the football field.  Professors have the duty to make sure their students make something of themselves, if given the opportunity.

     In the article below, studies show that women are overwhelmingly discouraged by ethical dilemmas often associated with businesses, like bosses taking credit for their employees’ work.  The chapter also references our obligations in ethical dilemmas and issues.  One of those obligations is to respect and understand the beliefs and stances of all relative parties.  If we are ever going to solve the problem of sexism in the workplace, especially with big business, we must take into account the dynamic of workplace politics.  Change of the behavior causes change of the demographical problems.


One thought on “Ethical Analysis: Why Does it Seem Like No One Does It?

  1. While the professor has the obligation to guide his students to successful futures, the professors only have jurisdiction in their field of study. If the student is failing in the professor’s field of study, and the professor is doing everything in his power to aid the student, his obligation as a professor ends at the final exam. As an educator he was tasked with teaching and evaluating students; the failing grade given to the football player should not be thought of as a punishment more as it is just a basic fact, the player failed in learning the concepts of the professor’s course. I don’t believe the responsibility should be solely on the professor, as he did not elect to have the student in his class, the student chose him, furthermore, the student recognized that his own success in football lay in the balance; it is just as much his responsibility as that of the professor. And that is why obligations, or at least choosing between them, is difficult.

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