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and to obey the Scout Law;
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Ethical Controversies

The Term Paper

Position One: What is all the fuss about?


Ted and Drewe are in the same history class. Their teacher assigns them a research paper on the causes of the American Revolution. The class has two weeks to complete the paper. Of course, Ted and Drewe procrastinate and save it for the last three days. Both boys are still undecided about their approach on the paper. The next day, Ted spends five hours at the library researching and brainstorming, while Drewe spends five hours at the local frozen custard stand.

When Drewe gets home from the custard stand, he calls Ted to ask about his progress. Ted tells Drewe about the interesting information he dug up at the library and informs him of the idea he has for the paper. He tells Drewe about the books he read and articles he found because he is so excited.

Drewe realizes that he has two days to write a research paper, and a party to go to tonight. He tells Ted that the information Ted found might not be exactly what their teacher was looking for. Ted goes back to the library. Over the next two days, Drewe looks up the books and articles Ted found and copied his idea of the paper, and goes to the party. Ted turns in a different idea.

Ted and Drewe both get As. Ted never asks Drewe what he wrote the paper on. The only people who know about Drewe’s thievery are his two best friends Sheri and Dan. Sheri was happy that Drewe could go to her birthday party so the three friends fully accept Drewe’s decision and action.


Position Two: This is not right.


Ted and Drewe are in the same history class. Their teacher assigns them a research paper on the causes of the American Revolution. The class has two weeks to complete the paper. Of course, Ted and Drewe procrastinate and save it for the last three days. Both boys are still undecided about their approach on the paper. The next day, Ted spends five hours at the library researching and brainstorming, while Drewe spends five hours at the local frozen custard stand.

When Drewe gets home from the custard stand, he calls Ted to ask about his progress. Ted tells Drewe about the interesting information he dug up at the library and informs him of the idea he has for the paper. He tells Drewe about the books he read and articles he found because he is so excited.

Drewe realizes that he has two days to write a research paper, and a party to go to tonight. He tells Ted that the information Ted found might not be exactly what their teacher was looking for. Ted goes back to the library. Over the next two days, Drewe looks up the books and articles Ted found and copied his idea of the paper, and goes to the party. Ted turns in a different idea.

Ted and Drewe both get As. Ted never asks Drewe what he wrote the paper on. The only people who know about Drewe’s thievery are his two best friends Sheri and Dan. Sheri was happy that Drewe could go to her birthday party, but she is unhappy with his decision and thinks he should have just skipped the party and done the research. Sheri wants to tell the teacher.