Questioning Parenting Style

Type: Article
Topics: Ethics, School Administrator Magazine

May 01, 2024

Ethical Educator

Scenario: An early-career principal has observed a couple at her school who have a what she considers a negative parenting style with their 3rd grader. The father and mother, whose brother serves on the school board, constantly yell at the child or tell him he’s doing something wrong. The child does act out at school sometimes and has been to therapy but his behavior has not changed. The principal wonders how to tell the parents their parenting style may be influencing his behavior and who should be the one to tell them?

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The Ethical Educator panel consists of 

  • Sheldon H. Berman, author of Implementing Social-Emotional Learning: Insights from School Districts’ Successes and Setbacks.
  • Roark Horn, the Pomerantz endowed professor in educational excellence, University of Northern Iowa;
  • Baron Davis, CEO and founder, The Neogenesis Group, Columbia, S.C.; and 
  • Maria G. Ott, Irving R. and Virginia A. Melbo chair in education administration, University of Southern California.

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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