> Another woman who may have been her daughter (about 40 years
> old) said, "She thought she could have them." I said, "Well ...
> they're mine but o.k. you can keep them".
I just finished a two-day trainers/facilitators workshop on Ethical Fitness
for the Institute for Global Ethics, and I simply cannot help but comment on
I really feel that I would have at least liked to ask the follow up
question, "And why did she (you) think that?" Certainly, a point which
could have been brought out is that the stickers were obviously and
specifically on someone's (a teacher's) desk. Does that fact in some way
make them common property? Your concerns below, Sky, seem to indicate that
you do not agree with this.
> I just walked away because it was really awkward.
I'm sure it was. But I wonder about the "wisdom" of 'letting' the woman get
away with it. Haven't we informed her that theft is alright, and that we
would rather absolve her of responsibility than make her or ourselves
uncomfortable by holding her responsible? What about the student who
initially noticed this and may be fully aware of how it was handled? What
message does this send to her or him?
This may seem a trivial event and trivial concerns, but Ethical Reasoning is
certainly something which is lacking both in the formal educational field as
well as, and of course more importantly, at the family and social level.
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