Students demonstrate the ability to evaluate the ethical dimension of their choices and a commitment to make ethical decisions. Students demonstrate discernment, the ability to choose the best course of action in terms of ethical principles and discipline, the strength to do what should be done even when it is difficult, risky or personally costly;


  • Students understand that they are morally and legally accountable for the consequences of their decisions (including a decision not to decide); 
  • Students evaluate their options in terms of core ethical principles (e.g., honesty, loyalty, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, kindness and good citizenship) and they eliminate any option that is either illegal or unethical; and
  • Students understand that in situations where ethical principles clash (e.g., their grandmother gives them an ugly sweater, the ethical principle of honesty conflicts with the ethical principal of kindness) the best possible result is to choose the option likely to create the greatest good for the greatest number in the long run.



I will be a better student if I act on the following beliefs:

  • I can make the best decisions if I consider all the options carefully and thoughtfully. 
  • I can make informed decisions when I gather and analyze the information. This will help me make better choices. 
  • Learning how to make a variety of choices will enhance the outcomes of my actions. 
  • I realize that my behavior and the choices I make affects others. 


  • Explain and illustrate how different decisions can lead to alternative outcomes. 
  • Review the actions of celebrities who have made notorious press and create best possible result mind maps for how things could have turned out. 
  • Study a variety of media presentations of the same story and analyze how the reporting is different depending on the media. 
  • Ensure an understanding that responsible decision-making affects interpersonal and group relationships. 
  • Use the newspaper to write your own moral dilemmas.