The Role Of Education As The Foundation Of Ethics


At first glance, it seems effortless to describe who an ethical person is because this concept is familiar to everyone. It seems enough to pluck a few pseudo-synonyms from several associations with the word ethics, and immediately the illusion arises that a polite, kind, respectful person is ethical. However, it is highly incorrect to synonymize a complex set of laws, which regulates the relationship between the part and the whole, with some remarkable human qualities acquired during socialization (Mattingly & Throop, 2018). An ethical person should not be associated only with politeness. Ethics in personal, academic, and professional growth is primarily the ability to transform life experience into individual, spiritual, and moral precepts, the concept of which is based on delivering the good to society. These precepts further form the personal ethical framework that will influence a person’s behavior, both within and outside the social group.


As an example of an ethical dilemma, I may recall the case when I saw my girlfriend engaged in money cheating, and I had a choice to tell about it or not. The situation was challenging to solve, as disclosing the story would have entailed negative consequences and the loss of a friend. At the same time, apparent violations of work orders are immoral and cause losses to other people. In this situation, I decided to talk to my friend; he felt his guilt and confessed it to the manager. Therefore, the ethical dilemma and the conflict were resolved soon, and it did not take much effort.


Education, as it is comprehended, is a process of familiarizing the person with the general forms of his being in the world with other people. Its essence is the formation and development of human personality and spirit (Mattingly & Throop, 2018). Having received basic knowledge, my ethical values have changed considerably because sense-life orientations have transformed. I can confidently say that education has contributed to the emergence of incentive power and self-control. Moreover, awareness of the concept of justice and understanding of what is acceptable and what is not has transformed (Petiti, 2018). These changes emphasize the vital role of education as the foundation of ethics.


Mattingly, C., & Throop, J. (2018). The anthropology of ethics and morality. Annual Review of Anthropology, 47, 475-492.

Pettit, P. (2018). The birth of ethics: Reconstructing the role and nature of morality. Berkeley Tanner Lectures.