Vyhmeister, Shawna

Infectious Greed: The Creeping Compromise     
Foster, Henry

Intellectual Property and Copyright: The Effects
Upon Education and Information Availability
in Developing Countries 

Melgosa, Annette

Prudent Administration in the Finances
of SDA Education Institutions: An Application
of "A FAIR WILL" Concept      

Nasution, Eric

The International Labor Organization Definition
of 'Decent Work': Implications for the Well-Being
of Families in the Philippines     

Perry, Glennys

Business Ethics and Human Resources      
Razafiarivony, Marie-Anne

How Dumb Can I Be?
Fitch, Edith
Reviewed by David Streifling

Teaching Cross-Culturally: An International
Modelfor Learning and Teaching
Lingenfelter, Judith & Lingenfelter, Sherwood 
Reviewed Nancy Jean Vyhmeister


     Ethics is a term which is in the news nearly every day. It seems that ethical scandals are increasingly common, even as technology and science increase beyond our wildest dreams. What is it that makes stealing seem less wrong if it is from someone without a face, safely distant from the criminal at the other end of the internet? As technology creates new opportunities for crime through credit card fraud, internet scams, internet plagiarism, etc., it seems that our ethical standards are in a free fall. Teachers lament the effect this is having on the classroom, science weighs the implications for research and medicine, and businesses struggle to make their systems safe from intruders.
     As Christians, we view the ethical downturn in society with concern. On the one hand, it is a sign that the end of time is drawing near. On the other hand, raising ethical Christian young people in a morally confused world is no small task. One of the important reasons for the existence of Christian schools like this one is to transmit and develop values systems by which our students can navigate, thus avoiding the ambiguity which abounds in society. Helping students address ethical issues in their professional field and find satisfactory answers is an important aspect of graduate education which must not be overlooked, especially in a Christian institution. 
     This issue of the Forum discusses various ethical issues which are relevant in today’s world. Melgosa’s article addresses plagiarism in the changing light of internet availability of documents, and fair use policies, especially in an academic environment. Perry’s article deals with the ethical treatment of employees in the Philippines. Razafiarivony also addresses ethical issues as they relate to businesses and human resources. Nasution suggests a model for assessing good financial practice for educational institutions. This model is summarized by the acronym A FAIR WILL. It consists of rules of thumb which can be used by financial administrators, as well as biblical advice about the management of money. 
     In an article which describes and decries the rash of current business scandals, Foster suggests that Christian institutions of higher learning are ever more relevant and necessary, as the world searches for answers to an epidemic of ethical breaches. Not only do Christian schools have reasons for teaching ethics, but they have a mission which includes ethical training—this is the time for them to help the world regain its ethical bearings.
     The articles in this series contain questions for which there are no easy answers. These are questions worth asking, but the answers are far beyond the possibilities of this issue of the International Forum. I invite you to explore these issues with us in this issue, and then to pursue answers to the questions they raise in your personal life, and in your own professional sphere of influence.



Shawna Vyhmeister, PhD
Editor, Info Journal
Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies
Silang, Cavite , Philippines