a website dedicated to promoting a free exchange of ideas among
secondary school educators. It was set up and is maintained by
Mr. Tiatorio served for over 30 years as the Social Studies
Department Head in the Mansfield, Massachusetts public schools
where he wrote and implemented many successful ethics teaching
strategies and lesson plans for social studies classes in grades
6 to 12.
Mr. Tiatorio calls for a history based, critical thinking,
approach to ethics education. Through
Teaching Ethics he
offers to share his work and hopes to create a clearinghouse
where teachers can contribute their own concerns, experiences
and creativity in this area.
The basic postings on Teaching
Ethics are two ETHICS WORKBOOKS*
for students in grades 7 through 12. These workbooks present
ways to embed ethics instruction into standard world and
American history programs. They are offered as a modest first
step toward building a database in this area. The workbooks, and
the accompanying teacher’s guides, may be printed and duplicated
by individual teachers for use with their classes. Supplementary
active student involvement strategies developed by practicing
teachers to implement ideas in the Ethics Workbooks are also
posted and are free to schools.
for sale or for any other commercial purpose is prohibited.
The Ethics Workbook I:
was written for younger students in typical secondary world
history classes in grades 7 – 10 as a first introduction to
ethical issues. It treats a wide array of
topics and simplifies the thinking of the most common ethicists
and philosophers across the span of civilization.
The Ethics Workbook II:
American History was written
for older students in typical secondary American history classes
in grades 11 – 12. It examines the major conflicts and turning
points in American History from an ethical perspective.
"I hope that teachers will try the ideas included
in the ETHICS WORKBOOKS,
and will share their experiences through the
Teaching Ethics website.
The ETHICS WORKBOOKS are only a start toward building a
collection of cognitive lesson plans in this discipline."