Archive for comics about teaching ethics

2011-2012 school year: shattered class

Posted in 2011-2012 school year, comics about teaching journalism with tags , , , , on February 8, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

…and finally, we get back around to ethics and journalism. The kids get really riled up about Stephen Glass’ behavior and that inspires some great discussions. There’s also a nice level to the movie where it deals with the idea of the journalist as a celebrity that’s very interesting to kids.

I’ve got to compliment the DVD extras on Shattered Glass, especially the person or persons who thought to include the 60 Minutes follow-up story on Glass’ present whereabouts.

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2011-2012 school year: consequence

Posted in 2011-2012 school year, comics about teaching journalism with tags , , , on February 1, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

I’m not an ethics teacher, but I thought it was important. I’ve done ethical comics in the past though. Some of you might remember my take on the Buridan’s ass paradox, a comic that (if the site visit stats are to be believed) is one of the most popular things I’ve ever drawn.

2011-2012 school year: amicable solutions

Posted in 2011-2012 school year, comics about teaching journalism with tags , , on January 31, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

I hope over the next semester, readers will start to notice the same students appearing in the comic over and over again. For example, two of these three appeared in this comic last week. I teach something like 160 students every day. I always felt it was disingenuous to add too many recurring student characters here. I did it a few times to varying success, but I wanted to give the feeling of there being tons and tons of kids… and just me. I’m sure that did not come across and I’m happier focusing on the 15 or so recurring students you’ll see throughout the next four months.

Most of these ethical dilemmas came via The Book of Questions, that classic repository for debate and commentary. I used to use it ALL the time in college to stir up conversations with people in the dorms.

2011-2012 school year: right and wrong

Posted in 2011-2012 school year, comics about teaching journalism with tags , , , on January 30, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

I sort of like this comic, but (full disclosure here) doing comics where I set up what we’re doing in the week are sort of unnecessary and definitely a crutch. In theory, if I’m doing these things right, tomorrow’s comic should be able to set things up simply by being about the topic I want to discuss this week.

Does that make sense?