Red - Ethics (Fall 2012) - Flacks, Hawkins

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Students enrolled in Ethics for Science Students will post on ethical issues emerging in the news

Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Kate P on October 11, 2012
Bullying is a worldwide issue that I feel strongly about. There is no exact cause as to why individuals become bullies because each case is different but there are some common reasons. One might be that an individual might have low self-esteem and bring others down to make themselves feel better. Another may be the satisfaction of having power over others. For what reason an individual might bully someone can vary but the consequences are still the same. The ones being bullied are still walking away with fear, stress and resentment inside them.

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Champlain College, Saint-Lambert
by Emily Choiniere on October 11, 2012
The worst decision a person can make is to text and drive. In my opinion it is always immoral to kill innocent people. That's why I believe it is immoral that people text and drive. It is selfish because it kills many innocent people other than the driver that makes the bad decision, to text and drive. This article discusses the danger of texting and driving.    

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Reply to: Set Up For Failure
6 years 2 months ago

I agree, these stereotypes are wrong. The education system set up for White students to succeed, where good schools (private schools) are usually at a high cost and with high standards than many can't afford. Many schools are prejudice and do make assumptions to what their students will be like and how they will succeed based on their race. For example, like given in the article, many Black students are usually expected to drop out or fail many classes while, for another example, Asians are expected to be very smart and good in math. These stereotypes are usually shown in movies and give their views a bad perception on what some races actually are. In movies, Black students usually end up caught up in drugs and forced to drop out or fails too many classes due to outside influences and White students tend to do well and are not affect in the same ways. In society we might be at a bad stage of racism in the education system but I believe we can still come a long way like in the past women were not allowed to go to school now they can and now have a better success rate than men. Society will make the changes necessary to become better.

6 years 2 months ago

I could agree with what was said. It is true what was said because there are many guys being called "pussy" and other derogatory names for not asking how a stereotypical man would. This is just another one of the many stereotypes society has created in our world today. This subject, gender inequality or gender stereotypes, is much like racism in society today. In racism there are also many stereotypes associated with races like Blacks or Latinos for example. Black people are usually viewed as those who commit many crimes and live in the ghetto, while Latinos are viewed as party animals who steal and do drugs. Many judge too quickly when they see those who do not act or look like their stereotypical way, that's why they tend to call each other names. This would be similar to when a male does not act masculine, a friend might call them a name. If we want to move forward and create a better society we much get ride of gender and racist stereotypes in our society and have an open mind when viewing others.

6 years 3 months ago

Personally, I strongly agree that we must be willing to speak about sensitive topics such as race and racism if we want to move forward as a nation. I find in our society people are often intimidated to go be with different cultures and races. They are more comfortable to stay with their own culture because they are not familiar with the other groups they by listening and believing the stereotypes of that are made up about other groups. We need to educate the population more with classes that address sensitive topics such as our “The Myth of Race and the Reality of Racism” that is offered at Champlain College St. Lambert, where we learn about racism and the problems that arise from this negative concept we cannot seem to get rid of. I agree with what Craig and Marc Kielburger said about Canada being multicultural and that we must break down the wall that is stopping culture integration. One example of this is our school system, we see many high schools where the population is 95% white and then other schools where the population is 95% black. We need a balance, more diversity, because when races are not integrated prejudice views are made about others. It would be interesting to do an experiment like one of the documentary “A Class Divided” and teach students who do not usually experience racism, such a White students, what it is like and why things in our society should change and exclude racism.

6 years 3 months ago

This is a huge issue affecting our society. You have a seriously good article. All your points are justified. This had been an issue effecting african amerIcans for the longest time police offers use their power for bad and physically and mentally abusing them. This is an unfair action where they can't defend themselves because the police force has too much power to do as they wish. Your article is very explained and filled with content justifying these issues.

6 years 3 months ago

In today's society it is like this, you bring in stats and sources to prove your claim. You have good points and a topic that is really affecting our society and we need to. Every race needs to be treated the same one should not be favored. Action needs to happen within higher power. We are all equal so we all need to be treated equally. You have a string topic of discussion. You completely prove your points and they are all justified.

6 years 3 months ago

You wrote a very well paper, you talk about what is needed through the death penalty. You have strong justified points of what you believe is right. I also believe the death penalty should be abolished there has been too many mistakes! In my opinion you have a very good principle and argument to justify your claim. Yes the death penalty does the wrong thing by fixing a wrong with a wrong. But in general your paper is very informative.

6 years 3 months ago

You wrote a very well paper, you talk about what is needed through the death penalty. You have strong justified points of what you believe is right. I also believe the death penalty should be abolished there has been too many mistakes! In my opinion you have a very good principle and argument to justify your claim. Yes the death penalty does the wrong thing by fixing a wrong with a wrong. But in general your paper is very informative.

Reply to: Product
7 years 8 months ago

Your post was particularly interesting and I believe that creating such a product would be very advantageous to our environment. The products will be very appealing to the customers, viewing that they will be homemade in Quebec. In addition, this type of product will be very attractive to people who are eco-friendly, since clothes is an absolute necessity and its production has many negative impacts on our environment. Certain issues that you may be overlooking in your suggestion include the sensitization of the population who aren’t familiar with the impacts of clothing production on the environment. Moreover, you should consider informing customers who are concerned with the respect of major labour laws on the means of your production. I think it would be important for a company based on ecological values to pay their employees in respect to labour laws. When reading more about this issue, I found an interesting article about popular fashion retailers who have been accused of violating labour laws by the underpayment of their workers last year. You may want to consider this article as you continue the creation of your socially-conscious product.


 

7 years 8 months ago

 


Martin Luther King’s fight for African American rights in the United States has always fascinated me. Indeed, he has become a role model for many other activists who have brought change to this world after him, and they have used his campaigns as an inspiration for theirs. I really like the fact that you linked Martin Luther’s fight for civil rights to the aboriginal’s here in Canada. Indeed, both movements have the same motives and are based on non-violent campaigns. Additionally, I have recently posted about Nelson Mandela, an interesting individual who was also an important civil right activist. Similarly to Martin Luther King, the South African protester made use of non-violent campaigns to fight for the rights of blacks in his country. Moreover, what is most fascinating about Mandela’s story is that even if he had to suffer life imprisonment, he never abandoned the purpose of his fight and came out of prison becoming the first black president of South Africa. If individuals like Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King weren’t part of history or hadn’t devoted their lives to fighting for human rights, who knows what type of world we would be living in today!

7 years 9 months ago

I really enjoyed reading your post since all the volunteer opportunities you described are very interesting to me. To me, the description of all organizations objectives and purposes were very clear and agreeable.  Being a health science student, all medical related volunteering opportunities are very appealing to me and taking part of these will enable me to bring aid to patients with the knowledge I have acquired so far.


Indeed, it is very interesting to recognize the main goals and values of various organizations, though it is even more motivating to acknowledge their accomplishments and how they have transformed the lives of people in need. Your post launched me into the research of the achievements of the Make a Wish Foundation and how they have brought aid to children living with life-threatening medical conditions. I found a fascinating article about an 18-year-old girl who got her wish granted by the Make a Wish Foundation. This young girl had been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma for 3 years will be travelling to the Indian Ocean island nation the Maldives thanks to the foundation.


To read more: http://www.sunjournal.com/news/0001/11/30/hampden-teen-fighting-hodgkin-s-lymphoma-gets-drea/1344769


Personally, Make a Wish Foundation is the most interesting volunteering opportunity to me because I believe it is wonderful that one can bring joy and hope to a child living with a life-threatening disease without any medical knowledge, but simply by giving their time and will to do so. Moreover, it’s pleasing to know that even though these deprived children do not have the opportunity to live their lives fully, Make a Wish Foundation gives them a chance to grant their biggest wish and experience what they have always dreamed of for the time remaining in their lives.

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