A Critique On Ethical Education In The Field Of Biology

The domain of public education in the United States has often come under severe criticism given its failure to successfully impart values to the masses. For many educators, the issue of ethical education at high school level remains a challenging task for many for it runs them the risk of being charged with promotion of values and ethics that may be contrary to those supported by the students’ parents or their communities. Specifically speaking of the technological advances in the field of biology in the past few decades, we see that many ethical questions and issues have been ignored or deliberately left unanswered lest they challenge the preconceived beliefs of the masses. One such concern is that regarding human experimentation that has been used time and again in our history as an excuse to benefit the society and its health as a whole. It is however important to mention that racial discrimination has almost always been dominant in this arena and while the society has largely remained insensitive to this issue; it was only after the Nazi atrocities that we began to realize the impact of human experimentation.

While the ethical areas surrounding the field of biology have plagued many, there are still those who argue that human experimentation is acceptable if the risks are minimal and if the same is done through informed consent. Our history of biological advancement has been marred with political decisions that have had adverse impacts on particular races. “Genetic screening” was a reality made feasible in our meager past.

For the scientific community, the issues are not merely related to a single domain but raise a host of social, ethical and political anxieties amongst the masses as well. The ethical questions that plague the domain of human experimentation in the field of biology however need to be addressed. These are issues that cannot simply be answered with library research or in high school essays and should be addressed in in-class discussions in order to allow us a chance to evaluate our values.


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