Ethics in Education

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Interestingly, I found that I did not have to look far to find ethical breaches as temptation lurks around every corner. High schools seem to be a fertile environment for behaviors that are questionable from parents, students and staff member. I often say that the greatest challenge in the High School arena is not the students but their parents. Of the three situations below, two involve parents defending their students at all cost, they believe they are working in the students best interest but they do not have the foresight to realize that by not allowing their children to face challenges or suffer consequences they re hindering their spiritual and social development. The parent of a graduating senior with Turrets syndrome, labeled as an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) student was in the process of enrolling her younger son into 9th grade. However, he did not meet the guidelines set by the State for ESE. When informed by the ESE Director that her son would have to take regular courses, she became irate and began screaming obscenities in the front office of the High School. I noticed the commotion and as I knew the parent as a volunteer. I decided to intervene, I ask her to come into my office so we could discuss the matter. If I didn’t, I knew the next step would have been a call to the School Resource Officer (SRO) to remove her from the campus. She had previous sued the school for another issue and I did not want things to get out of hand. We spoke in my office and she was concerned that her son would be left behind if he was not allowed the same services he received in middle school with extended time for assignment and privacy during test. I tried to no avail, to relay to her that our school is a caring... ... middle of paper ... ... involved, I am sure they had countless hours of volunteer hours but did not want to be bothered with completing a volunteer form and turning it in. Instead, they relied on inciting their parents to anger and defrauding the system. Many times, we allow ourselves to be manipulated in hopes of achieving specific goals or to please others. When we are compromised we tend to lose pieces of ourselves in the process, until eventually we are unable to recognize ourselves. Sadly, many feel they do not have a choice. I tend to conduct business in a true black and white sense. I believe gray areas get us into trouble. My principal continually says that when I get into an administrative role, I’ll understand that gray areas are necessary but I maintain that I will allow my conscience to be my guide and not rule on emotion or pressure but on character and integrity.
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