Sterling Words But Whose Were They?

Type: Article
Topics: Ethics, School Administrator Magazine

February 01, 2024

Ethical Educator

Scenario: As superintendent, you just hired a new high school principal. The application process was rigorous and included a writing sample that asked the following: Describe a visionary education leader. The HR director who reviewed the application remarked at the quality of his writing, but two months into the job, the principal brags to a couple of teachers that he used ChatGPT to answer this essay prompt plus those on other job applications. The teachers come to you and ask you to fire him for plagiarizing. How do you proceed?

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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, senior adviser, Digital Promise, 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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