What happens when teachers face difficult options? Examining ourselves_why we do what we do_is the very essence of human psychology and of ethics. The purpose of this book is not to illustrate the difference between right and wrong, but to show how educators might choose among ethical approaches to decision-making as they face the difficult choices they make every day. However, to be just and ethical, we need to know something about the demands of justice and how they apply in our own circumstances. What is fair? What is just? How do we decide? These are the central concerns of this book. Outstanding features of this book include the theory-based ethics and case studies of real and significant issues that teachers face in P-12 classrooms.
Dan Mahoney teaches courses in ethics, educational evaluation, and curricular design in the Department of Educational Leadership and Administration at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Goals of the Text and Sample Learning Activities Chapter 2 Due Process of the Law Chapter 3 Utility and Agreeableness Chapter 4 The Categorical Imperative Chapter 5 The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number Chapter 6 The Heroic Ideal and Self-Interest Chapter 7 Absolute Truth and Nonviolence Chapter 8 Respect for Persons Chapter 9 A Family Systems Approach Chapter 10 A Story About Confidentiality Chapter 11 Professional Ethics, Moral Values, and Confidentiality Chapter 12 Confidences Betrayed: The Pain Flows in and out in Waves Chapter 13 Inappropriate Relationships Chapter 14 Blind Adherence to School Policies and CPS? Chapter 15 Native Status, Politics, and the Hiring Process Chapter 16 Being Used or Being of Service Chapter 17 Bullies and Conflict with the School Principal Chapter 18 An Emotionally, Intellectually, and Spiritually Punishing Year Chapter 19 An Exercise in Common Sense Chapter 20 Ducking and Weaving Through a Course in Human Sexuality Chapter 21 Mama Bear Ethics Chapter 22 Dealing with Backbiting Chapter 23 An Ethical Use of Sick Days? Chapter 24 Who Cares if We Don't Teach Science? Chapter 25 Annie's Analysis of Her Professional Ethics Chapter 26 Welcome to the Journey