I just got done sitting through the first of many lectures for the Spring 2006 semester – this one was for my Education Law & Ethics class, aka – EL401.
The sum-up of the class has to do with the ethics of educators… of course, someone asked for a definition of ethics: the class definition came out sounding something like this…
“Ethics are like values. But they’re different for everyone, depending on what you value. It’s like what you would do & what you wouldn’t do, almost like a moral code. Ethics are personal, because they reflect each persons viewpoints…”
The best part was our ethical exercise:
If the school I work at was struggling for money, would I, as the main administrator, accept a large sum of money from a local business to run the necessary programs to help the school succeed? Then, if it was a bar, would I still accept the money? A strip club? An organization with ties to political parties?
The consensus of the class was that these future educators will do anything for money, & would have no problem accepting money from any organization… even the political party donors could be navigated around by simply giving “equal time” or the “opposing view” to other political organizations.
The only group that the class felt it would be unethical to take money from? The church – because “you can’t mix church and state,” (love than argument,) & also because “churches push their own agendas on people.” Interesting stuff. I thought of the radical fideists & Brintus’ struggles with mislabeling…