Ethics 101: The Real World Taught With Real Issues

I'm embarrassed that my alma mater (University of California, Berkeley) harbors a business school professor who considers teaching ethics "an oxymoron" (" `Teaching ethics is . . . an oxymoron,' " Readers Report, May 4). In my Introduction to Business classes, I discuss ethical issues in business using cases and examples from the real world of commerce and industry.

I believe these discussions help students understand that ethical, moral behavior learned (or not learned) at home is recognized and rewarded in business and that conversely unethical behavior usually is punished. This helps balance the distortions, the exceptions loudly proclaimed by most of the media.

Eric H. Nielsen


College of Charleston

Charleston, S.C.

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