moral dilemmas

07 Dec

i had the good fortune of finding myself at a session on using moral dilemmas in the classroom while attending TAGT this past week.  in fact, per my previous post, i enjoyed a wonderful streak of good selections during the conference.  this particular session was about the importance of allowing students to consider moral dilemmas and how important the conduct of the teacher was in these situations.  it was fantastic and when we got to consider a few ourselves and then engage in discussion about our reasoning the time went by far too fast.  clearly using these in the classroom with GT students would be tremendous, but i wonder what it would look like if we were to consider a moral dilemma in the professional development field?  as adults, it plays out very differently because we tend to be set in our ways and beliefs so there wouldn’t be much switching.  we looked at two dilemmas, one dealing with a person stealing and the other dealt with the necessity of using torture as a means of securing our country.  i would love to find a way to put together a dilemma about what i do and use it with my team.  like any of the dilemmas that are used, it needs to be layered and messy so that an answer isn’t clear, although i can’t really think of one that would apply or be of interest to discuss at length.  perhaps it is because the dilemmas that i face aren’t moral in nature.


Posted by on December 7, 2009 in Uncategorized


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3 responses to “moral dilemmas

  1. Janice D.

    December 8, 2009 at 9:24 am

    this just reminded me of the time when I went home but my luggage didn’t get on the same flight I was in. i think you’ve heard part of it before. american express offered $500 for the delay but would offer another $1,000 if i find anything missing….hmmmm, made me think 🙂 should i or should i not? Apparently, my conscience got the better of me… but initially it was really a moral dilemma.

  2. David Estlund

    December 8, 2009 at 11:04 am

    As a staff member at TAGT, I just wanted to say that I’m tremendously pleased that you had a stimulating conference experience. We’re all excited about all the progress being made through CGA and CISD, and I’ve subscribed to your blog. Happy holidays, and happy posting!

  3. texasbuckeye

    December 9, 2009 at 11:15 am

    David – thanks for visiting my blog, with blog searches it is nice to know that anyone might be stopping by 🙂 Have a nice holiday season as well.


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