Enthusiasm for reforming education continues unabated. Ideas are orbiting everywhere. We are glad to be a part of this international discussion, especially when we consider the many ethical issues involved in education reform.
The cold weather could not keep the 100 or so Big Ethical Question fans away from Slam 2. If you didn't see it, you won't know who won. It was close. Second place went to Arbor Hospice Ethics team, in part for their response to a question about whether it is ethical to omit qualifications as important as having a doctorate from your resume...because you don't want to be placed in the overqualifed dead resume pile. Who won?
The Ann Arbor City Council approved the appointment of the city's transportation program manager to the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority's (AATA) governing board on December 19th. Two Council members, Stephen Kunselman (D-3rd Ward) and Jane Lumm (I-2nd Ward), voted against the appointment.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011 is local election day in Ann Arbor. Six candidates are running for school board. Four of the five wards have contested elections. There are 3 proposals on the ballot. Proposal 3 taps into an issue A2Ethics.org is keenly interested in examining at the municipal government level: the elimination of conflicts of interest by city officers.
On Thursday, June 16 from 7-8:30pm at the Ann Arbor District Library, two area state representatives as well as the city and county clerks responsible for elections, have been invited by the League of Women Voters of the Ann Arbor Area and the Kiwanis Club for a panel addressing the issues surrounding:
Ronald and Nancy Bishop both graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1944. Like many other students of the era, they stayed to teach and practice, making Ann Arbor their home. What especially endeared them to the community was their long-standing public involvement in issues of social justice and concern for civil liberties.
The teams in the Big Ethical Question Slam were, quite simply, terrific. Critical. Thoughtful. Funny. Eloquent. Temperate in their competitive zeal. Knowledgeable. Clever. Patient with the fact that this was our first time. And they will be first in our hearts forever for helping us get the Slam started and for making it worthwhile.
What was the spark for the first Big Ethical Question Slam? At A2Ethics.org, we are tired of people slamming ethics. We are concerned that ethics is given top billing by our leaders, but is treated like an extracurricular program in our educational institutions, or regarded as just another field that has to justify its existence as a job provider or of economic value. So, we started a different kind of ethics slam. The Big Ethical Question Slam. We want to give ethics its due. Its own show. Never mind its economic value. It IS values.
The second A2Ethics.org Ethics Without Borders on global education issues featured Bede Sheppard, the senior researcher in the children's rights division of Human Rights Watch. Bede's keynote speech on the disturbing and growing problem of schools considered as battlegrounds in conflict-affected regions left us with much to think about and with much more to do to help publicize the work of Bede and his colleagues.
It took over 70 years for women in Michigan to get the right to vote, casting their ballots for the first time in1918. It took another 85 years for Michigan voters to elect the first female governor with the inauguration of Jennifer Granholm. What does the future hold for women in Michigan politics?
Please join us for a Talk and Tour on Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 1-3pm