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Everyday Dilemmas

As a consumer of no fewer than three newspapers (in print form) every day, I’ve developed a few favorite columnists and editorial features over the years. At the top of my list is a weekly piece in the Sunday magazine section of The New York Times. It’s known as “The Ethicist,” and it deals thoughtfully with one expert’s recommended handling of a dilemma submitted by a reader.

In our newly redesigned edition of School Administrator, we’ve shamelessly adapted our own version, something we are calling “Ethical Educator.” We will present a succinct version of an ethical dilemma that confronted a school system leader. A distinguished panel of four educators — some with expertise in the field of ethics, others with a lengthy track record in school administration — will each provide a brief analysis of the situation and recommend a course of action.

Most scenarios we include in “Ethical Educator” will have no clear-cut answers (after all, that’s why they qualify as dilemmas), so you may discover disagreement among the panelists. The print edition, limited by space considerations, will provide a summary of each analysis, but readers are invited to the recently launched AASA Connect website (www.aasaconnect.org) to read much fuller versions of the panelists’ recommendations and to offer their own assessment.

Each month will bring a fresh ethical challenge, and I hope over time that you will share with us situations you have faced or observed that we might adapt in future installments.

Jay P. Goldman, Editor
Voice: 703-875-0745
E-mail: jgoldman@aasa.org

 

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