Notes on Ethics. Feedback to the subject matter, students, evaluation, methodology and other sources
Self evaluation (the teacher´s)
Bilingual subject matter.- Not English spoken or rarely. Why? Feeling comfortable speaking mother tongue for telling stories, anecdotes and explaining notions such as morality, ethics or Talion´s law.
Topics we dealt with in class.- Had to do with notions of ethics, distinctions between confusing terms in everyday life (conscience, awareness, prejudice, harm). Explanation of tolerance, democracy, Human Rights, the Spanish Constitution document, news in the press, comments on current affairs shown on TV.
Students.- Participative and quite active most of them.
Way to focus the subject.- Teacher´s presentation of a topic, some notions and examples. Proposal of tasks for the students to read documents at home (cf. Parallel Papers). Missed some participation in class. Debates and opinions from students.
Sources.- Lots of them. Probably the textbook might have been omitted. It is really simple and obvious not adequate for these students. They are not obliged to ignore it at home as extra work, though. It is English language containing essential notions on duty, rights, tolerance.
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“Parallel Papers” consist of packs of texts written either in English or Spanish language. Quotes, pics, press articles, lists of good manners, controversial topics, anecdotes, stories, fairy tales, etcetera.
Notes in the classroom are indispensable stuff for the student to acquire definitions or tasks to work with.
Evaluation.- There have been lots of tests on different parts of the subject matter. The students were asked about Human Rights, documents provided in “Parallel Papers”, definitions, opinions and fairy tales among other points. They sat at least for 3 tests or controls every term.
Needed two or three hours a week instead of just one hour.
Remember to give reasons to support your opinion. Yours is not the only one. Try to make people think, doubt and reconsider their points of view.
Questions to the students:
Are you for or against drugs?
What is your opinion about prostitution?
Would you like a free society where there are no laws, no rules?
Yes or no to clonation of human beings?
For or against bullfighting?
What do you think about gender violence? Why does this happen? Is there a way to stop it?
Do you think you know everything?
Do you attend classes with the previous idea that nobody is going to teach you anything?
Is your opinion in a written test always valid with no argumentation?
Is it true that you will never change your thought on any topic?
REMEMBER that the textbook is absolutely forbidden for you. Don´t you dare to read it! ;.)