Framework for Ethical Decisions

With textbook checkout taking a bit longer than anticipated on Friday, we began the week by finishing Friday’s lesson with students  taking notes on the Principles of Bioethics.  We then discussed the concept of a stakeholder, a person with an interest or concern in something.

We revisited the issue of people choosing not to have their children vaccinated (introduced on Friday) by watching another short video from Frontline (below).  Students were tasked with writing down a list of the stakeholders they observed in the news segment.

After the video, we created a class list of stakeholders and students used the list to help them fill out the Focus on the Principles worksheet with the ethical question of “Should healthy people choose not to be vaccinated?”  After some private think time, we shared out as a class and answered questions about the Principles of Bioethics.  Students were instructed to keep the worksheet as a resource to use in tomorrow’s work.

To conclude the lesson, students received a copy of the Rezip Case Study to read in class.  Students were assigned to complete the reading as homework if additional time outside of class was needed.

Optional additional learning opportunities (click the links):

US Dept of Health & Human Services definition of herd immunity

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) FastStats page for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella

Washington State Department of Health – certificate of exemption (note the provider section)

SciShow follow-up video about “The Science of Anti-Vaccination”

NOVA | Vaccines –– Calling the Shots | PBS – a video examining the science behind vaccinations, the return of preventable diseases, and the risks of opting out

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