The Ethics of School Administration

Chapter 1 ~ Administration and Ethical Thinking

PURPOSES OF THIS BOOK

*to persuade you that objective ethical reasoning is both possible and important

*is to help you learn how to engage in ethical reflection and justification

*help you to state some ethical principals and arguments more clearly and bring them to bear on your own decisions where principals conflict in actual situations

*to help you think through some of the ethical problems you will encounter in doing your job so that you may become a more responsible and ethical administrator

THE NATURE OF ETHICAL INQUIRY

*what is the right thing to do, not just the most expedient or least trouble making, but the fair or just thing

*facts or relevant in deciding moral questions, but they are not sufficient in deciding them

*moral dilemmas - when moral sentiments conflict

*Ethical Questions (Case & Dispute)

*Meta-Ethical (Concept & Analysis)

LEARNING MORAL REASONING

A CASE ~ Janet Russel

Discussion/Reflective Questions

*What makes some administrative problems ethical ones?

*How can administrators reach justifiable decisions about moral matters?

*What makes Ms. Russel's administrative problem a moral dilemma?