Assignment: Ethical Decision-Making Framework
Class Start Time: 12:30pm
Due Date: 10/05/2010
1. Issue: The issue I will explore is: Should state leaders make children’s issues a top priority when making decisions and allocating tax dollars? This is an ethical issue. I know this is an ethical issue because it highlights the basic need of access to quality health care for children and the legitimate expectation of a quality education and learning environment. The basic words or passages in the article that support my answer is when the author states, “The state's pre-kindergarten program fails to meet most national standards and that Florida ranks 48th among states in the highest percentage of uninsured children.” 2. Judgment: The author responds to the issue by stating statistics that show Florida’s poor ranking, when compared to other states, on percentages of children with health insurance and of their well-being. The author also responds to the issue by holding a rally and encouraging the public to attend and by emphasizing how money can be saved in the long run. His/her judgment is that, yes, state leaders should make children’s issues a top priority when making decisions and allocating tax dollars and this judgment is a response to the issue at hand. I know this because the author endorses a group called by “The Children's Movement.” 3. Value Premises: The author values access to quality health care, the future of the community and/or state, education, funding for children’s needs, and the overall needs of Florida’s children. These are the values that seem to most motivate the author’s final judgment. All of these values are stated except for children’s education and it is implied by mentioning the poor quality of Florida’s pre-k program and by mentioning the brain’s development. 4. Moral Values: These are moral values. They express the basic need of access to quality health care for children and the legitimate...
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