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Is It Still Cheating If I Don't Get Caught? Paperback – April 14, 2009
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Weinstein, a professional ethicist, provides advice for teens based on five simple principles: do no harm, make things better, respect others, be fair, and be loving. Drawing examples from teen life, the nationally syndicated columnist offers specific questions, sample responses, and explanations of the ethical responses using his principles. His wide-ranging topics range from everyday matters of friendship, bullying, athletics, drugs, dating, social networking, and downloading intellectual property to larger issues such as dealing with grief. The text is direct and accessible, frequently broken up by black-and-white cartoons and changes in typography. He makes the important point that ethics require paying special heed to both oneself as well as others; it’s a matter of balance. In an afterword, the author gives credit to earlier ethical theorists as well as a group of high-school students who contributed questions. Readers looking for a game plan for their lives will be well served by this clearly articulated approach. Grades 8-12. --Kathleen Isaacs
“Every family needs a copy of Is It Still Cheating If I Don't Get Caught? by Bruce Weinstein, Ph.D.” ―Family Circle
“This appealing guide speaks to the ethical dilemmas that all young people experience in their daily lives, and it should prompt considerable conversation and reflection.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“… Readers will identify with many of the issues raised.” ―Publishers Weekly
“The approachable tone of the book and the realistic scenarios make this a good choice for those teens who need some advice about how to deal with all that they face in their daily lives.” ―School Library Journal
“The author, also known in Web circles as "The Ethics Guy," is a well-known motivational speaker and syndicated columnist who has published other self-help books on life skills and cooking. It is highly readable, practical, economical, and sensible--perfect for all nonfiction collections.” ―VOYA
“Drawing examples from teen life, the nationally syndicated columnist offers specific questions, sample responses, and explanations of the ethical responses using his principles . . . . Readers looking for a game plan for their lives will be well served by this clearly articulated approach.” ―Booklist
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Sometimes figuring out the right thing to do feels as random as figuring out English grammar and spelling: It seems like there are a billion rules and a billion more exceptions to the rules. But in a great little book he's written, Bruce Weinstein, The Ethics Guy, brings some order and good sense to the insanity that we call Life.
In the introductory chapters of IS IT STILL CHEATING IF I DON'T GET CAUGHT? Weinstein introduces five ethical principles to be utilized as the foundation for how we should make decisions and live our lives:
1. Do No Harm.
2. Make Things Better.
3. Respect Others.
4. Be Fair.
5. Be Loving.
He then illustrates through dozens of scenarios how we can apply these five "Life Principles" to the sort of dilemmas which Twenty-first century adolescents (and adults) are commonly facing. Together, these Principles and the accompanying scenarios offer a great platform for contemplation and for thoughtful discussions about how to behave ethically.
In the introductory chapters, the author also defines ethics and takes apart three myths about ethics:
Myth #1: If It's Legal, It's Right, and If It's Illegal, It's Wrong.
Myth #2: If Everyone Is Doing It, It Must Be Right.
Myth #3: If It Feels Right, It Is Right.
What I particularly appreciate is how the author does such a great job of making you feel that who you are to the world -- how most people see and judge you -- is based upon your behavior. There is nothing more precious than your credibility and your integrity, and if you regularly make thoughtful decisions based upon these five Life Principles, then people are going to find you more attractive. And you'll be liking yourself a lot more, too.
Is It Still Cheating If I Don't Get Caught should be in every family's library and every library in every school. It is an effective teaching tool in both situations and engaging reading for all.