February 2010

A Cup of Good Joe

One of the things that distinguish great sports figures from the rest of the pack is their direct and honest approach to both their work and their life. They consistently strive to live up to their own highest standards for both themselves and the rest … Read More

Springtime for Hitler?

“Don’t be stupid, be a smartie. Come and join the Nazi Party.”
– Stormtrooper, The Producers Okay, boys and girls, it’s ethical conundrum time!

The New York Times reported (Feb. 5) that the “…copyright on Mein Kampf [Adolph Hitler’s autobiographical, political rant] in the hands … Read More

We All Need Rehab

Are you caught in a constant cycle of pedantic punditry? Have you been secretly watching The Real Truth Behind Michael Jackson’s Death over and over again?

Are you using a copy of USA Today to hide a copy of People magazine while reading, “Is Elin … Read More

“Silence, intense and oppressive, gripped the desolate landscape as two lone figures rode toward the town ahead. “The taller of the two sat astride a magnificent white stallion and although his face was masked, all who had known him knew that he was as legendary … Read More

The Aspen Summit

In 1992, Michael Josephson called together leaders from a variety of groups and backgrounds to meet for a special conference in Aspen, Colorado.  Their common denominator: all had a commitment to character education.  Their goal:  to devise a set ethical values that they would all … Read More

The Golden Rule

“Ethics is a code of values which guide our choices and actions and determine the purpose and course of our lives.”- derived from Ayn Rand

Regarding The Golden Rule – one aspect of the Five Steps of Principled Reasoning by The Josephson Institute outlined in … Read More

The Other Entitlement

There’s a scene at the beginning of the Albert Brooks comedy Defending Your Life in which our angst-ridden hero is celebrating his birthday with a brand new BMW. Putting his dream car through its paces with Barbara Streisand blaring over his stereo, he makes a … Read More

Ethics Stupid, Swimsuit Edition

Okay, I’ll confess to a little shameless self-promotion. But before you consider burning me at the alter of Gloria Steinem, let’s take a moment to think about this in the context of ethics.

What if… ethics was fun… where the only difficult decision is … Read More

Gaming the System

Just when I thought I finished covering high school cheating, I received word from former Washington Post columnist, current high school teacher Colman McCarthy about the latest scandal taking place at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland.

According to the Post (Feb. 5) disciplinary … Read More

Risky II

Last week, I spoke to four High School classes about the importance of honesty and trust. As part of their take-home assignment, I asked them to answer a six question survey – part of a national survey given to High School students across the country … Read More