Markkula Center of Applied Ethics

Ethics Articles



Character Education

Build. Plant. Grow.
A faith formation program for use in schools and parishes providing weekly lesson plans. After discussing the First Reading and the Gospel in the Catholic lectionary, the program moves to an engaging children's story that follows a complementary line of thought. Activities, a case study, and a closing prayer complete the lesson.
Ethics is Newsworthy
Daily news digest for middle and high school students teaches the ethics behind the headlines.
Miriam Schulman
Top Ten Ethical Issues for College Freshmen
From "Why Am I Here?" to "What About Cheating?" a list of typical ethical dilemmas for new students.
Miriam Schulman
What Works to Stop Bullying
Practical steps for schools
Steve Johnson
Cheating is not the problem
Cheating is not the problem but the symptom of a larger failure in the way we are raising our children.
Steve Johnson, S.M.
Teaching Values in School
The Center's director of character education describes Character-Based Literacy and other approaches to integrating ethics into the curriculum.
An Interview with Steve Johnson, S.M.
Six Es of Character Education
Example, emotions, experiences, explanation, ethos, and expectations for excellence.
Kevin Ryan
When Inappropriate Behavior is Just Plain Wrong
An expert on moral development advocates straight talk when children do something wrong.
William Damon
An Education in Ethics
Students often know the right thing to do. How can schools help them to do it?
Steve Johnson, S.M.
Cheating Themselves
A discussion of why students cheat and what academicians can do to discourage it.
Miriam Schulman
Affirmative Action or Negative Action
A different way to frame the debate over race-based preference.
Miriam Schulman
Fostering Conscience and Moral Character through Classroom Teaching
Darcia Narvaez, director of the Collaborative for Ethical Education at Notre Dame University, discusses how character education forms conscience.
Brian Green
Fostering Conscience and Moral Character in the Classroom
Director of the Collaboration for Ethical Education at Notre Dame discusses integrative ethical education
Darcia Narvaez
Restorative Justice in Schools
An approach to bullying and other school problems that focuses on developing empathy for both the harmed and the harmer and reintegrating the harmer into the community
Carrie Jaffe-Pickett
It's Not About You
Center executive director addresses the 2013 graduates of University of Portland.
Kirk Hanson
Catholic School Standards and Character Education
Lorraine Ozar, director of the Center for Catholic School Effectiveness, outlines the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools
Miriam Schulman
Do Honor Codes Work?
Gary Pavela, director of academic integrity at Syracuse University, explores the evidence.
Miriam Schulman
Five Ethical Choices You Will Need to Make in College
Based on news stories of the past year, ethical issues that students will need to face
Miriam Schulman
How Ethics Can Help You Land a Job
Hiring managers look for respect, responsibility, honesty
Miriam Schulman
Sexual Assault on College Campuses
A review of effective sexual assault policies with Michael McFarland, former president of College of the Holy Cross
Miriam Schulman
Body Image in Sports: What No One Seems to be Talking About
The problem of eating disorders for college athletes
Matt Savage
Four Ethical Questions You Should Ask Yourself About Sex
Issues for college students to consider about the place of sex in their lives
Miriam Schulman
Navigating the Minefield of Social Media
Sr. Mary Angela Shaughnessy explores cyberbullying, friending, and other social media topics for teachers.
Miriam Schulman
Law and the Catholic School
Review of a talk on Catholic schools and the law by Mary Angela Shaughnessy, SCN, presented at the 2010 Catholic Principals Institute
Miriam Schulman
Associated Student Government Code of Ethics and Values
Basic standards of ethical behavior for personal and professional life signed by all members of the SCU student government
Daniel Solomon
Social Justice
Reflection questions address, "What do we mean when we talk about social justice?"
Noelle Lopez
Academic Freedom and Religious Freedom
An exploration of academic freedom in the religious university and religious freedom in the public university.
Robert M. O'Neil
Teaching Ethics
SCU Philosophy Professor William Prior discusses moral cultivation.
Is Tolerance Enough: Catholic Universities and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Issues
Comments from an Ethics at Noon presentation.
Michael J. Meyer, Michael Zampelli, S.J.
Education in Plato's Republic
This paper examines the two explicit accounts of education in Plato's Republic, and analyzes them in relation to Socrates' own pedagogical method, thereby unveiling the ideals of Socratic education.
Ariel Dillon
Nation of Cheaters
A look at the rise in cheating in America.
Kirk O. Hanson
Challenge Problem
Assignments that invite cheating.
Miriam Schulman
Tough Talk
Talking to children about ethics and sex.
Miriam Schulman
Lesson in Perspective
A sample character education lesson using John Scieszka's The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!
Steve Johnson, S.M.
Like a Bear Robbed of Her Cubs: Compassion
Compassion evokes not only tenderness but also the will to right wrongs.
Stephen A. Privett, S.J.
Teaching Ethics and Teaching Engineering-Some Parallels
This paper looks at the problem of ethical dilemmas, teaching engineering design, and the implications which arise from the teaching of engineering and the teaching of ethics.
Tim Healy
May the Best Man or Woman Win
Establishing fair criteria for college admission.
Miriam Schulman
Moral Literacy: The Virtue of the Book of Virtues
An historical look at the moral power of literature.
Miriam Schulman