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Ethics In Education. Justin Hill. The Back Story. Beginning 2 nd Semester 2012 Student/Athlete killed in a car accident District & Building Admins request coach/teacher to serve as a grief counselor to assist students in need 4 male student/athletes participate in counseling sessions

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the back story
The Back Story
  • Beginning 2nd Semester 2012
    • Student/Athlete killed in a car accident
    • District & Building Admins request coach/teacher to serve as a grief counselor to assist students in need
    • 4 male student/athletes participate in counseling sessions
    • 2 of the 4 transpire to steal teacher’s keys
    • In-Service day – All 4 break in/vandalize
the break in
The Break In
  • 3 Teachers/Roommates
  • Saran Wrap
    • Furniture
    • Appliances
    • Tenant's Dog
  • Personal Belongings
    • Dresser Drawers
ethical issues
Ethical Issues
  • Teenage Behavior
  • Parent Behavior
  • Teacher/Student Relationship
  • Administrator/Teacher Relationships
teenager behavior
Teenager Behavior
  • Peer recognition & approval trumps all else
  • Consequences represent afterthoughts
  • Punishments are unfair
parent behavior
Parent Behavior
  • Defending the indefensible
    • The blame game
      • Teachers
      • Other students
      • The public education system
parent behavior1
Parent Behavior
  • Right vs. Wrong
  • Accountability = Hard Work
  • Must be more than a facilitator of happiness
teacher student relationship
Teacher/Student Relationship
  • Horrible instances of child abuse
    • Warwick
    • York
  • This situation was different
    • Teacher served as grief counselor
    • Developed emotional connections
building administrator teacher relationship
Building Administrator/Teacher Relationship
  • Professionalism Questioned
    • “Unsatisfactory” Rating to PA Dept. of Ed.
    • Letters placed into personnel files
  • Apology letters withheld
    • Principal received 2 letters 2 days after the incident
    • “Wanted to let the events play out first”
district administrators teacher relationship
District Administrators/Teacher Relationship
  • Superintendent makes a “deal”
  • All 4 students “expelled”
    • Approved by school board
    • Allowed to finish required courses for graduation
    • Course work graded by teachers (including 1 victim)
    • Students fast tracked to graduation
      • Burden placed onto teachers
      • No accountability
      • “Living Legends” to other students (YOLO)
audience take recommendation to follow
Audience Take Recommendation to follow
  • What are your thoughts regarding the case study?
recommendation
Recommendation
  • Personal Struggle – How can I perform my duties in an environment that perpetuates unethical behavior?
  • Encourage colleagues to focus on character development
  • Lead by example – Regularly demonstrate ethical behavior
  • Remember why teaching is important