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Ethical Dilemmas in Schools


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Table of Contents

1. What Can Educators Expect from Ethics?; 2. What Does Sympathy or Empathy Have to Do with Ethics?; 3. How Are Ethical Principles Useful?; 4. What Does Regard for People Imply?; 5. What Is a Problematic Ethical Situation?; 6. What Are the Qualities of an Ethical Educator?; 7. What Are the Characteristics of a Good School?; Epilogue; Appendix. An Interview with Maria; References; Index.

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A school's ethical life is studied as the authors examine ethical theories, everyday controversies, dilemmas, and decision-making.

About the Author

Douglas J. Simpson is Associated Professor in the College of Education at Texas Christian University, and Helen DeVitt Jones Chair in Teacher Education Emeritus at Texas Tech University. He is a past president of the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society and the American Educational Studies Association. Donal M. Sacken is Professor Emeritus of Education in the College of Education at Texas Christian University. He has taught at all levels, mostly in the areas of administration and educational foundations. He has served as a legal consultant for school districts, and now is chair of the board at a local charter school.


'This well-crafted book is a compelling and worthy addition to the scholarly literature on ethics and education. The authors have metabolized their close study of Dewey's ethics and they apply it with flair and sensitivity to the ethical challenges, large and small, that saturate life in schools.' David T. Hansen, Weinberg Professor and Director of the Program in Philosophy and Education, Columbia University
'Educators worldwide are enacting anew the work of John Dewey in teaching and leading in schools. The authors present Dewey's ethical thinking as it informs hypothetical principal Maria De La Garza as she works through ethical dilemmas. This is a fresh take on Dewey that I will use with my doctoral students.' A. G. Rud, Distinguished Professor, Washington State University, and Past President, John Dewey Society
'This is an excellent overview of how Dewey's understanding of ethics helps teachers, educational leaders, and administrators tackle the complex dilemmas they face today. The use of imagined ethical scenarios in schools is effective in stimulating our moral imagination and demonstrates the power of Dewey's ideas in the context of a school.' Gregory Pappas, Professor of Philosophy, Texas A & M University

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