A Dubious Job Posting

Type: Article
Topics: Equity, Ethics, School Administrator Magazine

October 01, 2021

Ethical Educator
Scenario: Female Piano Teacher

The personnel coordinator of a school district with a strong music program receives job postings from a community program seeking "female piano teachers." The program head says he is replacing a retiring female teacher whose students have requested a female replacement. Knowing the gender references are illegal, the district's personnel coordinator distributes the postings without mention of gender as many teachers rely on outside work. However, he feels ethically implicated in the program head's problematic hiring practice.

Has he acted appropriately?

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The Ethical Educator panel consists of

  • Sheldon Berman, AASA lead superintendent, Redmond, Ore.;
  • MaryEllen Elia, senior fellow, International Center for Leadership in Education and retired superintendent;
  • Chris Lee Nicastro, former Missouri commissioner of education and president, Lee Consulting Group, St. Louis, Mo.; and
  • Louis N. Wool, superintendent, Harrison, N.Y.

Each month, School Administrator draws on actual circumstances to raise an ethical decision-making dilemma in K-12 education. Our distinguished panelists provide their own resolutions to each dilemma.

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