Halloween is just a time for kids to dress up and get candy, right? I mean, we don’t get off work or school for it. Sometimes we are allowed to dress up at both and have parties. Why bother writing about Halloween at all? We all know what it is for and most of us have experienced it at least once. In my critical thinking class, I try to challenge my students to really think through and about things that they just take for granted… or even think are just plain silly.
Interestingly enough there is a trend of classes that have to do with the ghouls, goblins, zombie and vampires some commonly associated with Halloween:
Right in Colorado where I live there is an in person class about Zombies and the Apocalypse and how to survive them. Much more than this idea of embracing the reality of zombies some higher education institutes are making them a core part of certain subjects. The University of Baltimore is offering a class in The undead under their English curriculum.
NECB is a predominantly online college, so what does that have to do with us? Well, there is a trend to Online Zombie Courses… why? The article says ” Online students may feel like the walking dead, studying and completing coursework late in the evening or in the early morning hours. So why not make zombies part of the coursework?”
There is even a Zombie Ethics Forum
There is also a whole semi-study on the ethics of Halloween and it’s characters:
This one article speaks to participating in Halloween ethical (not debating its heritage) but that maybe the threat of a trick is disproportionate to a treat and the balance one should strike as a parent and indulgence.
This article is an oldy but a goody about how parents decide what amount of candy to give based on age, costume and lack thereof.
There are tons or articles on chocolate and fair trade issues relates to candy but especially around Halloween, this is one of the more vocal articles but I want to present all sides of the issues on this holiday.
This is finally the article we have been waiting for that parallels the classes we talked about the ethics of killing Zombies
So, it seems education, academics, scientist and ethicists are fine with the idea of embracing these traditions common with Halloween, so get out there and have a blast!
Two years ago we featured the Halloween Ethics and Compliance
****This post in no way expresses the views of NECB, the NECB Alumni Association or any affiliated with those groups. It was just meant to generate thoughts and discussions around something we may tend to trivialize. If you have an comments or thoughts feel free to comment***