A 'neutral standard' of ethics? What?



I was incredulous after reading your Aug. 10 front-page story about the ongoing legal proceedings between the Augusta State University graduate student seeking to become a K-12 counselor and the university.

The article stated that the university "requires students (in the program) to adhere to a neutral standard of ethics." It also quoted Dr. Paulette Schenck, in an e-mail to the student, as saying "the unethical part was applying your own personal beliefs and values on other people and not truly accepting that others can have different beliefs and values that are equally valid as your own."

What? Ethics is defined as "that branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions." How on Earth, therefore, can it be "unethical" to be ethical?

How would you like it if your physician adhered to a neutral standard of ethics? How about the pilot on your next commercial flight? How about a structural engineer designing a skyscraper? How about a judge or a law enforcement officer? What other professional do we seek advice or assistance from who adheres to a neutral standard of ethics? More to the point, what student in any other field of study is required to adhere to a neutral standard of ethics?

Mark Maund



Wed, 08/16/2017 - 23:51

Local area growing together

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 23:51

Initial reports often wrong