Dilemmas of Educational Ethics
Cases and Commentaries
Edited by Meira Levinson and Jacob Fay
cloth, 264 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2016
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paper, 264 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2016
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Educators and policy makers confront challenging questions of ethics, justice, and equity on a regular basis. Should teachers retain a struggling student if it means she will most certainly drop out? Should an assignment plan favor middle-class families if it means strengthening the school system for all? These everyday dilemmas are both utterly ordinary and immensely challenging, yet there are few opportunities and resources to help educators think through the ethical issues at stake.
Drawing on research and methods developed in the Justice in Schools project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Dilemmas of Educational Ethics introduces a new interdisciplinary approach to achieving practical wisdom in education, one that honors the complexities inherent in educational decision making and encourages open discussion of the values and principles we should collectively be trying to realize in educational policy and practice.
At the heart of the book are six richly described, realistic accounts of ethical dilemmas that have arisen in education in recent years, paired with responses written by noted philosophers, empirical researchers, policy makers, and practitioners, including Pedro Noguera, Howard Gardner, Mary Pattillo, Andres A. Alonso, Jaime Ahlberg, Toby N. Romer, and Michael J. Petrilli.
The editors illustrate how readers can use and adapt these cases and commentaries in schools and other settings in order to reach a difficult decision, deepen their own understanding, or to build teams around shared values.
From teaching to running schools to system-wide design, educators face deep and difficult choices. This remarkable book shows the richness of the ethical answers that can be developed through practical reasoning. Its provocative case studies—and the widely varied responses—are models to be emulated as well as prompts for further reflection. A major contribution to the important, growing field of educational ethics.
— Noah Feldman, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard University
Our field is long overdue for the grounded approach to problem solving proposed by Levinson and Fay. If we intend to develop innovative and transformative educators and systems of education, we would do well to treat this book as a beacon call to change the way we wrestle with the most pressing challenges that face our field.
— Jeffrey Duncan-Andrade, associate professor, Raza Studies and Education, San Francisco State University
Dilemmas of Educational Ethics ultimately offers accessible prose and a set of pedagogically robust tools to enhance ethical praxis in the field of education. It is well-positioned to make a major impact in and beyond the classroom, especially aiding policy makers and analysts as well as future educators to develop greater capacity for collective phronetic processes of ethical inquiry and action.
— Natalie JK Baloy, Educational Review
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