Unethical practices in education come at too great a cost when our future generation is at stake. Educators are role models for students in their future careers and so must believe in and use ethical practices. In politics, in big and small business, and in legal and medical practice the question of ethical practices surrounds us. Have people become desensitized to ethics? Are we condoning unethical practice? Our educational profession must stand up for honesty and integrity. We, as educators, have the obligation of setting the standards for ethics. Ethical Dilemmas in Education addresses the dilemmas teachers face every day throughout all aspects of education in a comprehensive manner. The book outlines standards of professionalism and presents information teachers can use for the challenges teachers face. With the policies of today's educational system, teachers need to stand up for honesty and integrity, providing role models for students in their future careers. This book guides teachers towards developing ethical habits and a professional demeanor.
Ethical issues are extremely important to teaching today in both special and general education. National education policies like NCLB tend to create many more ethical dilemmas for teachers. This is especially true for teachers who try to serve the needs of children and represent realities to their administrators, parents, and colleagues while living with increasingly irrational, unrealistic demands for their performance and the performance of their students.
Tina M. Rosenthal
[This book] address[es] the ethical issues that have become a reality and constant concern in the life of the modern teacher.
Each page I open to grabs me — the practical, case study-oriented approach stimulates memories of personal experiences. I would love to sit in with a group of teachers who were discussing it.
Ina Summer Schaffer
This book is indispensable because it is a guide for others to use… in developing and maintaining professional practices. Each of the chapters is a building block for an individual to become an ethical educator who can make a positive difference in a person's life.
Beverley Johns has over 35 years experience within the public schools working with students with significant behavioral disorders and learning disabilities. She is the author or co-author of nine published books, is active in a number of state and national organizations, and was the 2000 recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award of the International Council for Exceptional Children. Mary Z. McGrath taught for thirty-one years with the Bloomington, Minnesota Public Schools primarily in the area of special education. She currently writes and offers varied workshops to educators, parents and the general public. Sarup R. Mathur is Clinical Professor, Cluster Chair of the Special Education Program at Arizona State University. She has accumulated extensive experience in developing educational programs for students with special needs. She is interested in the topics of professional development for teachers and high quality pre-service education.
Chapter 1 Educational Integrity Chapter 2 Standards of Professionalism Chapter 3 Everyday Challenges To Educational Values Chapter 4 Dealing with Conflicts of Interest Chapter 5 Borderline Actions Chapter 6 Difficulties in "Doing the Right Thing" Chapter 7 Experiencing Accusations of Misconduct Chapter 8 Decision Making for Individual Students Chapter 9 Administering and Interpreting Test Results Chapter 10 Integrity in Staff Interactions Chapter 11 Working with Parents Chapter 12 Behavior Management Chapter 13 Maintaining Integrity in Life Chapter 14 A Call to Action Chapter 15 Conclusion