Presents the what and how of right and wrong, employing examples to which young people can relate to explore why we should act morally, responsibility toward others, and other important ethical issues.
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Grade 6-10-- A balanced, thorough, up-to-date perspective on the subject. With a stated purpose of not giving easy answers, but of encouraging young people to find their personal moral codes, Terkel provides an interesting and readable overview that discusses major issues and invites application. An attempt is made to define ethics by tracing its beginnings as unwritten rules. Basic guidelines are provided, and broad and complex issues are divided into smaller, more digestible portions. Specific instances of teens who made a difference are cited, showing that all can take part in making these challenging choices. In an understanding, self-affirming manner, the author gives psychologically sound advice throughout. Endnotes document a plethora of references; a selected bibliography of nonfiction titles and periodical citations complete a useful source. The scope of John Langone's Thorny Issues (Little, 1981; o.p.) is more an application of ethics to complex issues rather than guidelines for life, while James Blake's Common Sense in a Complex World (CSI Pub, 1989) is designed gives specific advice for young adults on the personal/moral choices that accompany life's transitions. --Celia A. Huffman, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland
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While purporting to lay out the components of moral decision- making for teens, the author of Should Drugs Be Legalized? (1990) occasionally confuses heroism with ethics. Unfortunatley, the book's put together in a somewhat backward fashion--a rather preachy discussion of altruism (which could convince kids they'll never measure up) precedes a worthwhile presentation of personal philosophies and the development of an individual moral compass--but the strength here is in the latter part. There, Terkel poses ``What would you do?'' dilemmas (albeit jumping from topic to topic) and includes fine sections on empathy, the role of communication in developing tolerance, and difficult decisions when the best choice may be the one that at first seems ``wrong'' (as in pulling the plug). There's much of value here, then, but it takes some sorting out. Glossary; bibliography; notes; index. (Nonfiction. 10+) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Dutton Juvenile, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0525673717
Book Description Dutton Books for Young Readers, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0525673717
Book Description Dutton Books for Young Readers, 1992. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110525673717