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Everyone has his set of rules governing the important decisions in life (OK, almost everyone). One interesting question is how does one build this set of rules and what does ultimately influences the course of his or her life. It's well known that the environment is an important factor, usually... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2012 at Practical Ethics
The idea that teachers should be available to students needing extra help with assignments or related problems in understanding course material is not new. However, opportunities to actually get that help under the traditional "teacher-tell" model of education were limited. Some teachers included office hours in the course syllabus, but... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2011 at Practical Ethics
In the distant past formal education was reserved for the privileged. Today it is universally recognized as a basic human right. Shortly after its birth in 1945, the United Nations created The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Originally adopted by 58 countries in 1948, the number grew to 170... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2011 at Practical Ethics
In the strict "teacher-tell" model of traditional educational approaches, teachers who sought to become friends with their students were outside the norm. In some cases, this kind of behavior was actually seen as a breach of ethics. Teachers were the experts and students were the novices and the gap between... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2011 at Practical Ethics
John Dewey, the father of progressive education, promoted the revolutionary notion for his time that formal education should be about more than the acquisition of bodies of content knowledge. He strongly believed education should go beyond the mastery of knowledge and skill to include learning to use classroom content in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2011 at Practical Ethics
The 'death clock' is a (not so) subtle perspective on a deep ethical problem: should we know how much left we have of our lives? The implications of having this knowledge could be huge and could have a great impact on our life. The idea came while browsing Pro Link... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2011 at Practical Ethics
Published in the British Medical Journal at http://www.bmj.com/content/342/bmj.d1430 Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2011 at Practical Ethics
This article attempts to give a definition to the notion of 'public health', which we use increasingly often in our analysis. There is no universally approved definition and opinions vary widely, ranging from the utopian conception of the WHO of an ideal state of physical and mental health to a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2011 at Practical Ethics
The discussion on Congress, courts, and commerce from the latest edition of the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics ask a hard question: is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in violation of the constitution? The PPACA is a relatively new law (signed by president Barack Obama in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2011 at Practical Ethics
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