chapter  3
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Conversation

This chapter begins with an example of junior high students teaching their peers in their own classroom. Junior high students have status in this situation and have demonstrated to us that they are able to take their responsibility seriously. An abundance of books for younger children can easily yield an ethics discussion. There are truly oddball books like Shrek, which features a character now famous probably all over the world. Extra oddball is that the character in the story, written by William Steig, is unlike the sometimes charming and sensitive creature portrayed in the movies. In our view, Doctor De Soto is a remarkable book for older children to use to teach younger children ethical concepts. Teaching ethics, whether child to child, adult to child, or adult to adult, deepens and potentially clarifies the meaning of ethics in a particular context. The complexity of ethical problems is brought into the light.