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Current Educational Ethics Issues

Need help with a 3- to 4-page paper in which you research a current educational ethical issue where your personal beliefs and values may conflict with legal and societal expectations. The current issue should involve widely accepted moral and ethical values that come in conflict with legal requirements and societal thought.

Address the following points in your case:
•Summarize the situation, present the legal stance, and assert what you believe the societal stance to be. Outline the expected consequences and benefits based on the accepted value systems.
•As an educational leader, if this issue arose in your institution, what course of action would you take? Would that course of action be based on your personal values or ethical decision making? How would you sell your ideas to other leaders, parents, students, and the community? If your ideas were not accepted, what would your fallback position be, if you had one? (This institution should be from the United States)
•If your institution is a global organization, how would this change the nature of the issue and the course of action that would be taken as a leader?

Please provide online references as well.

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Dear Student:
Attached are the instructions for completing your assignment. Please be mindful of the descriptors used in the Case (example: composition of the student population and the impact bible readings in the classroom might affect various ethnic groups). Make sure you address each of the salient points mentioned in the case analysis. I have attached a copy of the document, as well, so that you can readily tap into the reference links. Make sure you include everyone (staff, students, parents, and community stakeholders), when you are attempting to get "by-in" on the implementation of a new program. Dr. James P. Comer recommends 80% by-in from the staff in order to assure program success (Comer School Development Program , Yale University Child Study Center, 1997). Make sure you review the reference material before starting your analysis.

Step #1. The following case is for your analysis. You will now address the aforementioned points, as outlined in the Assignment Expectations. You will summarize the situation; present the legal stance, etc. as mentioned above. References are provided to assist you in the analysis.

Current Educational Ethical Issue:

The Case Issue: You are the Principal of the "Need-Help-Elementary School" grades K-5th. Your school is located in a low-income, high crime and drug infested part of town in the United States, and you are in the second year with failing test scores and "Needs Improvement" status. Eighty-five percent of your student population receive free and/or reduced lunch. You have a multicultural student population consisting of the following: 54% African American, 22% Hispanic, 20% Arabic, 3% Caucasian, and 1% American Indian. Students come to school with a multitude of needs, issues, family problems, and low self-esteem. Violence and bullying are the only means of problem solving known for most of the students.

Teacher complaints' fill your office on a daily and hourly basis. Some of your teachers have taken it upon themselves to start a "Bible Reading Time" as a means of ...

Solution Summary

This response describes an ethical issue presented in many of our schools today and demonstrates its resolution through character education.