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Casuistry - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casuistry
Here is a definition http://www.thefreedictionary.com/casuistry
I'll need to study this a bit more - it's almost like "the ends justify the means." Perhaps situational ethics is another description.
It's OK to not hold someone accountable in the classroom because it's "only training" - it's not what one really does. That sounds good - is it true?
I think the truth is the following - it is hard - really hard to be ethical and even harder than that is to admit that we are not behaving ethically and hardest of all - is to change our behavior. What is easy is to change the definition and then point out someone who is less ethichal than us.
This is a dilemna - but look at the problems that the economic crisis of 2008 has wrought!
It is easy to point our the ethical issues in the mortgage industry, automotive industry and newspaper industry - were they blind to these matters?
What about the training industry - what are we blind to? What would those outside the industry describe for us that we cannot see for ourselves?
With many forms or learning there is a time factor - the learner must learn the material within the amount of time allocated - this is especially true with classroom training.
With elearning - there is a format factor -the learner must learn the material with the format determined by the instructional designer.
With social learning - there is a relationship factor - the learner must learn the material only from those that they associate with.
Which of these methods of learning (classroom, elearning, social) provides the most flexibility to the learner to be accountable for their learning outcomes?
This may also be related to what we describe today as "echo chambers." If we say something often enough and surround ourselves with people who agree with us and discourage/ignore/isolate those who disagree - we might actually start to believe what we have invented in our echo chambers. The emperor who was not wearing any clothes could be the result?
In our world we might argue that the younger generations prefer e-learning because they are tech-savvy digital natives. We might convince ourselves of this and continue to draw inferences that may not be effective.
Similarly we might believe that one can never have too much education and might that result in jobless youth with massive college debt believing that they need to get more education (and more debt) as they pursue a job?
I am still not sure I have this right - what do you think?