Too-much, too-far

Often we get questions like :

Does my project need an ethical review ?

I am teacher and if I collect data from students after a class, would I need to have an ethics board review ?

These questions were becoming fast and frequent. We were being asked to determine if any thing teachers did needed ethical review.

I mean, think of it, does a teacher need ethics board approval in order to teach or to know from his students how his class went. If things go on this way, there will come a time, when the powers- that- be will decide that to talk to the person next to you, you will need ethics review.

When can too-much be taken too-far ?

Shouldn’t somethings be left to the individual’s own ethics to decide ; should there be always someone breathing down our necks and telling us what to do or what not to ?

We went to our institution’s head and asked him if the institution had an ethics board to decide on whether some thing was academic and not research- what was the line between academics and research ?

To date, I have read about the thin line between research and clinical practice but it seems there are more and more issues arising out of the interface between academics and research.

What do you think ?

Should there be a constant policing of the service sector – health care, research, training and education ?

5 thoughts on “Too-much, too-far

    1. Donna,
      They do say, we are all under scrutiny. In the 1980s, we were told that the Star Wars program was policing us and now it is all the social media and the other stuff we do that give us virtually no privacy at all.
      Each one does what the other wants them to do. We are all robots, I guess.
      There is very little dissimilarity between us. We are all under pressure to conform, I guess.


  1. Good question. If you’re using students as subjects of research, ethics panels and guidelines are essential. However, I also believe that we have too much governmental and administrative over-reach, esp. regarding teaching. A good teacher asks for feedback and uses that to guide future activities. Petty overseers are destructive to the teaching process. By definition, a ‘good’ teacher has ethical approaches and knows when s/he needs objective comments.

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    1. Wonderful comment, Dr. Linda. By a strange coincidence, when I wrote the post, I thought about you and said to myself, where is Dr. Linda- she would have something to say about academics and policing and presto, here you are.
      Thank you for writing in and glad to know you are keeping well.

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