Ethics is how a person’s treatment and grounds of moral obligations to treat oneself and those around them are demonstrated. These are rules (most of which are not written) concerning moral obligations. Ethics affects the rights of others and involves every aspect of our life; social ethics, medical ethics, law enforcement ethics, judicial ethics, educational ethics, and sports ethics are just a few examples where ethics is applied to our own behavior and how we treat others. The behavior may be by the rules or by the law, but it may not always be the ethical thing to do. For example, the law states that a person speeding should be given a ticket if they’re driving over the speed limit. Therefore., if a person was traveling 75 MPH in a 30 MPH zone, he / she should be given a ticket. Not always! The driver of the car may be taking their daughter to the hospital who has been bitten by a rattle snake. In this true story, the officer involved should give other ethical assistance (human compassion). However, others who are witnessing the incident do not know all the facts and may pass judgement as to the ethical behavior of the officer, believing he was giving a friend a break. As a person grows into adulthood, he / she should have their ethics well established. Either a person has ethics or not, by the time they are adults.

Discuss this with your parents or other important people in your life and record your
 How do I improve my ethics in my life?

 What is the best way I can be more ethical in my life?

 Why is this important to be an ethical person in today’s world?

 Other thoughts and ideas regarding manners.

Student: ______ Parent or Guardian: ________ Date: __