The Ethical Theories Of Susie

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Susie works as an 8th grade science teacher in a title one school in San Antonio. She teaches co-teach classes which means she works with the students who are intellectually below average and need the extra assistance and extra push. With her, she has another certified teacher, Jenny, who aids her in the classroom. My mom, aside from her co-teacher, has a teaching partner that works in the same department as her, and they coordinate lesson plans and teaching principles. Dennis, her teaching partner, is a diligent worker and helps with preparing power points for him and my mom to utilize. My mom however, has struggled with the lack of assistance in her classroom ever since Jenny became her co-teacher in 2013. Jenny is Dennis’ wife. The ethical issue is that this husband and wife duo have been allowed to be in the same department and on the same teaching team when in fact, it is against district policy. When dealing with an ethical problem as such, there are three major ethical theories one could apply in order to formulate a resolution. Depending on the situation, using one theory over the other is often more successful however, one must consider more than just one theory in order to compare the benefits to the consequences of each plan of action. In Susie’s case dealing with a work place ethical issue, Kant’s deontological ethics and Mill’s theory of utilitarianism are the two theories in which she could use to alleviate the struggle she continues to deal with every day. Deontological ethics is the ethical position that judges the morality of an action based on the action 's adherence to a rule. According to Kant and his fundamental principle of the categorical imperative, an action can only be good if its maxim, the principle beh... ... middle of paper ... ...of a certain action and who is effected by such actions. For a teacher, their job and goal is to make sure that they are paving the way for students to be able to learn and be successful. If I were to be put in Susie’s situation, I think Mill’s theory of utilitarianism would work best because it does not strictly label actions as right or wrong and it allows flexibility and sensitivity to the conditions surrounding an action. As I have explained throughout my essay, there are many ways Susie could go about this ethical issue she is facing in the work place. Whether it be Kant’s deontological ethics or Mill’s theory of utilitarianism, acting on the issue is better than not acting. By taking initiative, she has the high possibility of resolving the problem, lessen her frustration, and also make the classroom atmosphere much more cohesive, controlled, and progressive.

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