Obama: 'I Don't Think Ethics' Was My Favorite Subject | CNSnews.com I was not always the very best student that I could be when I was in high school, and certainly not when I was in middle school, Obama said, speaking at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School. I did not love every class I took. I wasnt always paying attention the way I should have, Obama said. I remember when I was in 8th grade I had to take a class called ethics. Now, ethics is about right and wrong, but if youd ask me what my favorite subject was back in 8th grade, it was basketball. I dont think ethics would have made it on the list. So, ummm, how did he get into all those great schools anyway? We always KNEW that ethics isn't something he was ever interested in.