BLOG POST #7

While performing research for this topic, it was difficult to narrow down what specific concrete details should be relevantly included within my paper in order to clearly support my claim! This was the toughest challenge I faced because of the fact that the usage of neuroenhancers has become so incredibly common among people my age. Thus, there are hundreds of articles, journals and books out there that publish the information I was searching. Now just narrowing down the most significant things had to be done.

I realized during this research process that there are at least three significant concerns involving usage of neuroenhancers, which I could include and explain in order to support my claim that they are unethical. I already was passionately against the idea of ever using these substances, nor would I actually be willing to try them someday. But now more than ever before, I can boldly and confidently say that I could never even consider it. My research helped me to discover new data and information and statistics which I was never previously aware of. It is hard to just ignore the obvious signs and put my own health at risk, while also degrading myself. I am proud to say that learning new things excites me. Going to my classes is something I thoroughly enjoy doing not just because of degree requirements. Learning is a significant part of life and it makes us who we are. It helps us to further improve and mature ourselves. Life is beautiful and I couldn’t imagine deteriorating  the very thing for which education is based upon. It is also sad to see so many of my peers become not only dependent on these pills for their own success but also experiencing situations of addiction and withdrawel.  I can only hope that those who I share this paper with and allow to read will become more open-minded and aware of such an ever-increasing dilemma within our society today.

BLOG POST #6

I made the decision to compose my unit 3 paper discussing how ethical it is for using neuroenhancing drugs. While these kind of stimulating substances have become popular throughout the past decade, there are many significant concerns which I plan on exploring through my research and addressing by writing this paper.

I have always been intrigued by those who choose to take pills like Adderall in order to achieve good grades in schools. Some of my closest friends have become extremely dependent on these substances for their academic success! It goes without saying that this is indeed a disturbing development which has become a common practice throughout the past decade. So many people experience various forms of pressure from parents and competition with peers during their adolescent years. We are all being pushed by our professors to present the best quality work possible in order to receive an A or B in a course or even just for a specific assignment.

I’m sure many students here at VCU are stressed out enough just because of the fact that they are going through the first year away from their families and loved ones. College is no piece of cake or walk in the park with academic classes along with part-time and full-time work schedules at times. The reasoning is obvious for why students take pills like Adderall and Ritalin in order to get by. However, I want to be bold enough to speak out against their usage especially when not entirely necessary. Students need to feel pressure in order to succeed! They also need to be challenged by professors to learn the most and achieve their best academic potential while here. If college was easy then we wouldn’t be spending tens of thousands of dollars in order to be here!

BLOG POST #5

The in-class lecture about contemporary issue was extremely helpful when going through the thought process of researching various ethical topics for the unit 3 paper. It allowed for me to develop and explore new ideas based upon what other people were saying during the class discussion. I have always been passionate about ethics, but I was initially torn when it came to choosing my topic for this research paper.

After a few days of extensive research, I was able to narrow now my topic choices to music education in public schools and the usage of neuroenhancing drugs. As I went through my high school, I experienced what is becoming an expanding limitation on financial support for music education. I participated in both choir and orchestra throughout all four years of high school so this subject really hit home to me. I have always felt anger when reading articles online about Virginia and other states making budget cuts for educational funding and music is almost always the first thing to be cut or limited! However, I could not come to pursue researching this topic further. I do not feel as though I could fairly approach and present any kind of counterargument within this topic. Thus, I decided to write my paper about the morality of using neuroenhancing drugs instead.

Blog Post #4

This past week in class we as students were given the wonderful opportunity/challenge of planning out and scheduling all of unit 3. However, with that freedom comes a great deal of responsibility. I personally respect this teaching mechanism because it allows for those of us who are actively participating to have a significant voice in how we go about discussing and learning about ethics throughout the remainder of this semester. I do feel bad for the introverts in class too because they always seem too socially awkward to participate. On the other hand, we all have time outside of class to prepare what we are going to say by reading over the five ethical approaches and making ourselves aware of articles and contemporary issues that apply accordingly. I happen to love debating and ethics is a subject which I enjoy discussing and learning about as well. I do feel that I may have somewhat of an advantage over some of my classmates because of past courses which have given me knowledge and experience with the subject. But I’m certainly looking forward to hearing everyone else voice their opinions and broadening my views to consider counter-arguments. I can be strongly opinionated at times but I like to hear the views and perspectives from others about ethical topics as well.