Cogito Ergo Sum: Courage and Agency in Ethical Decision-Making

  • Boy Voice and Choice (2019-20)

I have been a house tutor for the past 8 years and during this time I was struck by the considerable time spent dealing with disciplinary issues concerning Year 9 boys having to make ethical decisions. Our Deputy of Student Affairs, without hesitation, confirmed that it is consistently the Year 9 boys who find themselves embroiled in serious disciplinary issues, often with devastating outcomes.
I therefore chose to focus my action research project on my Year 9 tutor group to determine whether they had access to the necessary skills to exercise agency when faced with a series of self-generated and challenging ethical dilemmas.