“The Silent Crisis of Bioethics Illiteracy”
(Scientific American — November 5, 2019)
[C]hange will only occur when bioethics is broadly incorporated into school curricula and when our nation’s thought leaders begin to place emphasis on the importance of reflecting meaningfully in advance upon these issues…. The tools to incorporate such issues into our education agenda are readily available. I designed a two-part secondary school bioethics curriculum for the New York Times’ Learning Network last year. An even more extensive curriculum for teens is available from New York University’s School of Medicine.
(The author is Jacob M. Appel who is the Director of Ethics Education in Psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. Appel is an advocate for the decriminalization of assisted suicide, raising the possibility that this might be made available both to the terminally ill and those with intractable, long-term mental illness. He has also defended the Dutch Groningen protocol which addresses ending the lives of newborns.)
“Keep Bioethics out of Elementary and High Schools”
(National Review — November 6, 2019)
Bioethicist Jacob M. Appel want the bioethics movement to educate your children about the policy and personal conundrums that involve medical car and health public policy…
Is it really an appropriate field for children? Consider the issues with which bioethics grapples…(not to mention, the acute potential that teachers will push their students in particular ideological directions).