A Reflection on Ethics Day

Anthony Swanner, Staff Writer

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During Ethics Day, I was fortunate enough to be able to talk with my group of teammates about moral decisions that an everyday person might have to make. Ethics Day is a way for the community to give back to the future leaders of our society by allowing them to explore the world of ethical decisions. Local companies sponsor this event and students spend all day looking at different ethical decisions and determining the best solutions to those problems. One of the scenarios we were given was whether or not an adult must be legally required to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle. Within the term Character, there are 6 pillars that include trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. One aspect of the 6 pillars of character here is fairness. Fairness was important in this situation because it allowed a person to look at different aspects of the situation and judge it based on the gathering of all the information. 

Utilizing factors such as insurance and legal issues helped shape my understanding of the fairness pillar so I could make an ethical decision about motorcycle helmet requirements. Ethics Day not only gave me a better understanding of teamwork and morals but allowed the exploration of others’ points of view. 

Ethics Day was a day full of real-life decision making examples and gave me the opportunity to work with others while receiving the opportunity to express their own opinions. Ethics Day is an important field trip for seniors and will continue to influence future classes in a positive way.