Novice: Ages 4-5 (grade K) - Meets Fridays at 9 am
Rookie: Ages 6-8 (grades 1-2) - Meets Tuesdays at 4pm
Each class at the beginner level meets once a week for 45 minutes. The whole year price is 20% cheaper than the semester by semester price. The course can also be bundled with the social emotional learning course (SEL) at 25% off.
Min 3 students, Max 5.
Beginner ethics classes in the novice and rookie levels focus on developing core skills such as listening to others, taking turns to speak, and giving reasons.
Stories prompt children to discuss ethical issues such as hurting someone without meaning to, telling the truth, being kind, forgiving, ownership, fairness and empathy.
Our skills-based topics for this age group include asking and answering questions, disagreeing, changing your mind, working out what is true, giving and evaluating reasons as well as giving examples and counter-examples. Logic is also introduced at this stage with topics touching on inductive inference and deductive reasoning.
Skilled: Ages 8-10 (grades 3-5) - Meets Tuesdays at 5pm
Each class at the primary level meets once a week for one hour. The whole year price is 20% cheaper than the semester by semester price. The course can also be bundled with the social emotional learning course (SEL) at 25% off.
Min 3 students, Max 8.
Ethics classes for primary aged students have a strong focus on the development of critical thinking and discussion based skills.
Stories, contemporary issues, and real life scenarios form the basis of discussions on ethical issues such as selfishness, how we should treat living things, promises, greed, friendship, cheating, voting, punishment, homelessness, teasing and fairness in society.
Skills-based topics for this age group include inferring or figuring things out, validity, generalising, proving claims, structuring arguments, identifying incorrect conclusions, identifying faulty reasoning, evaluating the strength of evidence and thinking about thinking. Primary aged students are encouraged to develop their community of inquiry skills by asking each other well thought out questions and challenging each other’s arguments
Seasoned: Ages 12-14 (grades 6-8) - Meets Tuesdays at 6pm
Each class at the secondary level meets once a week for one hour. The whole year price is 20% cheaper than the semester by semester price. The course can also be bundled with the social emotional learning course (SEL) at 25% off.
Min 3 students, Max 8.
Ethics classes for secondary students focus on the development of critical thinking, respectful discussion and reasoning, and the ability to make balanced decisions about ethical issues. The secondary level curriculum will provide a continuum of learning for students and is currently under development.
Contemporary issues, case studies and scenarios form the basis of thinking and discussions on ethical issues such as: lying and can it be justified by the wider good, changing your mind, is cloning for research ethical, how we can work out what’s true, friendship, patriotism, whether we have obligations to other generations, envy, and the role empathy plays in ethical decision-making.
Skills-based topics include: arguments and reasons, validity, argument analysis and evaluation, deductive validity and inductive strength, thinking about thinking.
Secondary school students will develop their community of inquiry skills through formulating well thought-out arguments and questions, actively listening to one another and respectfully challenging the arguments of others.
Proficient: Ages 14-17 (grades 9-12) - Meets Tuesdays at 7 pm
Each class at the intermediate level meets once a week. for one hour. The whole year price is 20% cheaper than the semester by semester price. The course can also be bundled with the social emotional learning course (SEL) at 25% off.
Min 3 students, Max 8.
Given the diversity of what is defined as just or unjust in a society, teaching ethics to high school students is often based on how to determine if situations violate ethical standards and what to do when a violation occurs, rather than swaying student opinions as to what is right or wrong. Students develop many skills as a result of studying ethics at this level, including debate, role-playing activities, and reasoning exercises. These classes will promote critical thought, which is beneficial to practice before making any decision.
At this stage, our focus will be on engaging students with issues in society: sustainability, systems thinking, population, refugees, ecological footprints, food security, water resources, climate change, biodiversity, renewable and nonrenewable energy sources, quality of life indicators, etc. Each semester will begin with a foundational “What is ethics?” course, and during that course, students will engage in a democratic process to co-design the rest of their course topics. In engaging with the issues that are most important to them, these classes will broaden student worldviews, question the status quo, and practice ethical decision-making.
Once students have taken this course, they will be eligible to take the advanced ethics course, which is described below.