Having middle-school students debate ethical dilemmas in class can be a powerful tool for teachers to "hook" students early in the year, promoting "critical thinking, participation and self-efficacy," according to middle-school educators John Prosser and Ryan Prosser. Ethics, unlike morality, can be taught as a method to analyze and evaluate beliefs, they write. The pair also offer suggestions for lessons on ethics, from debating a scenario based on a Harvard lecture to teaching classic short stories such as "The Lottery."

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