Posts by rogervandenbusch

Know Your A,B,C’s – Virtues and Vices

We use language in part to enable reasonable persons to distinguish acts that harm from those that enhance human welfare and the well-being of other sentient creatures. In Ethics class try this exercise regarding virtues and vices.

In your small groups, using the alphabet, think of a virtue that begins with each of the letters of the alphabet; secondly, using the alphabet, think of a vice for each letter of the alphabet. Do not use any technology, such as a smart phone  unless outside help is needed. When the groups have finished, have each group share their vices and virtues. Continue reading

Model, Mentor, Motivator, and Messenger of Hope

Model, Mentor, Motivator, Messenger of Hope

In my ethics’ classes, I begin each class by inviting anyone to share, for the sake of discussion, any recent events that may have ethical/moral implications, challenges, and/or dilemmas or any individuals who gave evidence of moral courage or even moral outrage regarding unethical behavior or practices.   One of the students mentioned Greta Thunberg who, at age 16,  appeared before European Leaders and the United States Congress; and she was instrumental in being a catalyst for over 4 million individuals throughout the world who marched as a united moral force on September 20 to express their collective concerns and warnings about the dire consequences of global warming. Continue reading

Building Character and Aspiring to Academic Excellence

What would Aristotle say about employability skills?

Employability Skills: In addition to specific job-related training, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College has identified core abilities that are transferable and go beyond the context of a specific course. 

  • Communicate Effectively
  • Work Cooperatively and Professionally
  • Think Critically and Creatively
  • Solve Problems Effectively
  • Value Individual Differences and Abilities
  • Demonstrate Personal Accountability
  • Demonstrate Community and Global Accountability

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Ice Breaker, Crushed Ice, or Melting Ice?

 

How do I know you, let me count the ways? On the first day of class, ice breakers are a way of breaking the tension and creating an atmosphere of familiarity and commonality.  One of the more used ice breakers would be an exercise like BINGO where everyone is in motion to have his or her card signed by finding someone whose favorite color is blue, or born in February, or likes country music.  At best, an ice breaker exercise is superficial and non-threatening, and does break the ice. Continue reading

Diversity, breeds Tolerance and Inclusivity

After my ethics classes are finished for the day,  I summarize what we have discussed and/or completed in class for the sake of review, continuity, and if a student was absent who could then review the content discussed in that class.  In addition to summarizing each class, I add quotations that reflect the diversity of various belief and philosophical systems which are fundamental to ethics to further enhance good choices and right behavior whether one believes in a higher power or not.  Continue reading

Nontoxic and Natural – Earth Day – April 22, 2018

“Here is calm so deep, grasses cease waving…wonderful how completely everything in wild nature fits into us, as if truly part and parent of us. The sun shines not on us, but in us. The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our very being, making us glide and sing.” John Muir

Here is a sample of one student’s responses to the “Save the Planet” assignment for an Introduction to Ethics class – in honor of Earth Day, April 22, 2018. Continue reading

Masculine Toxicity—to be or not to be?

President Donald Trump is lashing out at Joe Biden on for wanting to “beat the hell out of him,” saying the former vice president “would go down fast and hard, crying all the way.”

Mr. Trump tweeted Thursday: “Crazy Joe Biden is trying to act like a tough guy. Actually, he is weak, both mentally and physically, and yet he threatens me, for the second time, with physical assault. He doesn’t know me, but he would go down fast and hard, crying all the way. Don’t threaten people Joe!”

cbs/ap    March 22, 2018 Continue reading