A Rock of a Hard Place

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

March 31, 2023

Ethical Educator
Ethics sketch March

An oversized rock sits just outside the high school that students paint with messages promoting school events, pending principal permission. After an interracial fight, a group of students paints the rock with “Black Lives Matter” to protest the principal’s handling, though the principal had asked them to discuss the matter with him before doing anything. When these students are disciplined for vandalism and insubordination, they protest to the superintendent. How should he respond?

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The Ethical Educator panel consists of 

  • Sheldon H. Berman, AASA lead superintendent, Redmond, Ore.;
  • Roark Horn, the Pomerantz endowed professor in educational excellence, University of Northern Iowa;
  • Chris Nicastro, former Missouri commissioner of education; 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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