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Institute for Global Ethics Education Director Provides Guidance for School Administrators
Paula Mirk offers insight for real-life ethical dilemma in School Administrator Magazine's June ‘Ethical Educator’ column
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Applying parts of IGE’s conceptual frameworks for ethical decision making, Mirk suggests that using the language of shared values should be the common thread, highlighting the issues of responsibility, fairness and respect. Mirk aptly points out that “this situation opens up the opportunity for a faculty-wide discussion about grading and the hidden curriculum. Are our grading systems sending the message that only test scores ‘count’, or are we also signaling that ethical values are equally important preparation for our students’ future? ” (Mirk’s complete response can be found here: http://www.aasaconnect.com/
Besides Ms. Mirk, the Ethical Educator panel is composed of Shelley Berman, superintendent of schools (Eugene, Oregon), Joan McRobbie, senior associate for national school reform at CTAC (San Francisco), and Roy Dexheimer, retired BOCES superintendent (Ithaca, N.Y.).
School Administrator is the publication of the American Association of School Administrators (www.aasa.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.