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
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