LO7 – Recognize and consider the ethics of choices and actions

An ethical decision made during every debate competition is that not to cheat. During preparation time, we are not allowed to look up related arguments or information. Most of the time, cheating does not come to mind at all, as we are too busy rattling off ideas preparation time needs to be used very efficiently. Although cheating is not my or my teammates’ first instinct, there have been a couple times when we blank on a motion and have no idea what it’s about; in those situations, cheating has become a potential solution, but we never act on it. Part of this is the concern of getting caught, but as preparation rooms are not monitored it is actually easy to get away with. I think in this decision, we realise that it would violate the competitive spirit, making it unfair to the competition but also to us, even if we won or performed well, it would not be reflective of our true ability. I find the old cliche about how cheating would really be cheating ourselves very applicable in this situation. Another aspect of debate is putting yourself out there to experience new topics that you may not have extensive knowledge about, and part of that experience is stretching your mind to its limit to think about the issue under competitive pressure and time constraints. It would be wrong to not allow myself such an experience that I had signed up for.

Students show awareness of the consequences of choices and actions in planning and carrying out CAS experiences.

The student:
– recognizes ethical issues
– is able to explain the social influences on one’s ethical identity
– takes into account cultural context when making a plan or ethical decision
– identifies what is needed to know in order to make an ethical decision
– articulates ethical principles and approaches to ethical decisions
– shows accountability for choices and actions
– is aware of the consequences of choices and actions regarding self, others involved and the community
– integrates the process of reflection when facing an ethical decision
– shows awareness of the potential and varied consequences of choices and actions in planning and carrying out CAS experiences.