Running head: LEGAL AND ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS FOR CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
Legal and Ethical Implications for Classroom Management
Grand Canyon University: Classroom Engagement and Management
When the school year begins, There is a certain amount on responsibility that parents, students, and teachers assume in order for the classroom to run smoothly. Of those responsibilities is understanding and responding appropriately to legal and ethical issues. All invested parties need to educate themselves about on rules, regulations, laws and ethics to encourage a safe, well managed classroom. Through the study of the following articles readers can learn how past ethical and legal issues can help build a well managed classroom of today.
A Students Right to Equal Opportunity
Gay Rights and School Policy was a case study written by Ian Macgillivray that highlighted that schools have zero tolerance to bullying and race discrimination, but seem to turn a blind eye to unethical and illegal acts when it involves sexual orientation because of fear of conservative parental backlash. Encouraging policies that protect gay or lesbian students grants them an equal opportunity to education and ensures the school and staff are abiding by the law. In cases like, Nabozny versus Podlesny (1996), the school was forced to pay a $900,000 fine for failing to protect a student from anit-gay abuse. The case study illustrates how to implicate policies into schools that might have morally conservative parents that oppose the idea because it may been seen as if the school is promoting homosexuality (Macgillivray, 2004).
All students have the right to quality education that is free of harassment and it is the responsibility of the school to enforce policies that discourage anti-gay behavior. Teachers can also demonstrate good morals and character by leading discussions on respect and the impact any kind of harassment can have on a student. This article can inform teachers that they do not just educate students on academics, they also teach good character. A well managed classroom will have a zero tolerance policy on harassment of any kind, regardless of how parents might feel about certain lifestyles. There are laws against discrimination and they need to be abided by.
Teachers Enhancing Ethical Awareness
In the article, Enhancing Ethical Awareness, by Montgomery, and Walker describes the importance of teachers setting goals to increase each student’s self-awareness of ethical and moral decisions and actions. In the classroom this might require frequent reminders and consistent work to encourage emotional growth. Teachers can be strong role models for students as they demonstrate their values, actions, and ethics for living and working among others (Montgomery, & Walker, 2012). The article shares ways to educators can engage students to think about those around them and how to interact on a daily basis. “Creating a conscious learning environment in the classroom promotes ethical behavior, critical reflection, reflective thinking, and contemplation” (Montgomery, & Walker, 2012, p. 99).
Montgomery and Walker emphasize the importance of the role the educator plays in building moral value in young, impressionable students. Teachers can use this article to help construct their classroom management plan, by helping them understand they must keep in mind that their own ethical lifestyle reflects itself in the classroom. When children have sound ethics instilled in them, it not only effects how the child acts in the classroom, but it will also influence the character the student develops as an adult.
Parents Understanding Legal Issues with Technology and the First Amendment
Technology and how people interact with each other is forever changing, and new laws and policies need to be updated to anticipate possible technological criminal acts. Hinduja and Patchin discuss in their article,...
References: Hinduja, S., & Patchin, J. W. (2011). Cyberbullying: A Review of the Legal Issues Facing Educators. Preventing school failure, 55(2), 71-78. doi:10.1080/1045988X.2011.539433
Macgillivray, I. K. (2004). Gay rights and school policy: a case study in community factors that facilitate or impede educational change. International journal of qualitative studies In education (QSE), 17(3), 347-370.
Montgomery, D., & Walker, M. (2012). Enhancing Ethical Awareness. Gifted child today, 35(2), 95-101. doi:10.1177/1076217511436092
Zakutansky, T. J., & Sirles, E. A. (1993). Ethical and Legal Issues in Field Education: Shared Responsibility and Risk. Journal of social work education, 29(3), 338-347.
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