Why should we learn ethics


Welcome to the Ethics Student Council




Ethics is a sub-science of philosophy. The term >> philosophy << comes from the Greek word philos and sophia back. Philos means >> loving << or >> friend << and Sophia means >> wisdom <<. Philosophy translates as "friend of wisdom" or "love of wisdom".

When we philosophize, we think about something, we ask questions and we get to the bottom of things. This is how philosophers have asked themselves the following questions for centuries:

What is love / friendship?

What is luck?

What is the difference between humans and animals?

What is justice

Ethics as a branch of philosophy deals with the question “What should I do?” That means it asks about the right behavior.

An example: You are standing at the cash register and the cashier gives you € 20 instead of € 10 in change. What do you do? Should they tell the truth or pocket the money and go?



At "Grimmels" we offer ethics from grades 5-13 continuously with 2 hours per week. The students decide whether to choose Catholic or Protestant religion or ethics. These lessons take place in cross-class courses. In this way, the students also get to know children from other classes.

In terms of content, we as a student council are guided by the following content fields, taking into account the previous experience of the students, the social requirements and the philosophical theories.

Acquisition of competence in ethics classes

The subject ethics sees itself as a personality-building subject. It ties in with the life experiences and ideas of the students. In the subject of ethics, children and young people learn to understand different values ​​and ethical principles. It is intended to provide access to ethical, philosophical and religious questions.

The skills of independent thinking, analyzing, the ability to criticize and reflect are the focus of the acquisition of skills. Furthermore, in the subject of ethics it is essential to discuss ethical moral issues. (Discourse ability)

On the basis of these competencies, the students learn especially in action-oriented, independent teaching and social forms, which give the children and young people the opportunity to practice responsibility and independence. For example, they practice taking on new perspectives in role plays and arguments.




“You count because you are you. And you will have a meaning until the last moment. "(Cicely Saunders)

On April 24, 2015, the pupils of the class 9 ethics courses dealt with the difficult topic of terminal care. We invited 2 hospice helpers from the Lichtbogen hospice group from Wächtersbach, who gave us an insight into their day-to-day work. In a calm and relaxed atmosphere, the students were able to ask all their questions about death and dying. E.g.

What is terminal care?

What is the difference between care and euthanasia?

What does the everyday life of a voluntary outpatient dying companion look like?

What moves many people at the end of their lives?

It was an interesting discussion that gave us new ways of looking at dying and dealing with death. The ethics courses of Mr. Schulze and Mrs. Scheithauer thank the Hospizverein Wächtersbach under the direction of Mrs. Vaeth for their commitment.



On Saturday, February 7th, 2015, the large public symposium on the subject of “Renewable people? Methods, Findings and Consequences of Stem Cell Research ”. Zana Aykat (12.7) was given the opportunity to take part in the 3-day school seminar together with 200 other Hessian schoolchildren. He had the opportunity to get to know the basics and questions about methods, findings and consequences of stem cell research in a discussion with scientists. The following questions, among others, were worked out in workshops:

Prospects for healing and promises of healing in stem cell research

Who pays and who actually earns from regenerative medicine?

What is feasible, what is legally and ethically permitted?

Preimplantation Diagnostics - Help for Desperate Couples or Pioneer for Perfect Designer Babies? Cell biological fountain of youth: Do we want to live forever?

The final public symposium at the University of Frankfurt on Saturday was attended by the students of the GK Ethik Laura Lindenhahn (12.3), Marah Frech (12.3), Elisabeth (12.5) and the LK Biologie Antonia Bertram (12.8).