PRLog - July 6, 2012 - ROCKPORT, Maine -- ROCKPORT, Maine – In this summer’s Independent School magazine online edition, Paula Mirk, Director of Education and the Ethical Literacy Learning Community at the Institute for Global Ethics (IGE) offers advice on ways to think through a typical ethical dilemma faced by independent school educators. Launched in the summer of 2008, this quarterly column for which Mirk has written on a number of occasions is part of an ongoing series designed to model the decision making required when faced with the tough right-versus-
Paula Mirk, Institute for Global Ethics - Director of Education
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Applying parts of IGE’s conceptual frameworks for ethical decision making, Mirk takes readers through the two sides of the advisor’s dilemma. “On the one hand, it’s right for the advisor to insist that the student take a leave of absence and spend time with his family…On the other hand, the student has made it clear that he wants to stay and be part of the school.” As Mirk points out, the dilemma has both short and long-term implications. As the story continues she takes readers through ways the advisor might resolve this dilemma. In closing she provides the real-life outcome to this dilemma. (Mirk’s complete contribution can be found at:
Independent School is the publication of the National Association of Independent Schools (www.nais.org)
The IGE’s Ethical Literacy Learning Community provides school community members with tools and processes to build and maintain a culture of integrity based on shared values, ethical decision-making, and research about balancing attention to academic rigor with attention to the ethical development of young people. For more information, please visit http://www.ethical-
About the IGE
Founded in 1990, with offices in Rockport, Maine, and New York City, the Institute for Global Ethics (http://www.globalethics.org) is an independent, nonsectarian, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ethical action in a global context. IGE’s challenge is to explore the global common ground of values, elevate awareness of ethics, provide practical tools for making ethical decisions, and encourage practical action based on those decisions.