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For this assignment you will write a 3-4 page paper double-spaced (750-1000 words) analytic “commentary” on the ethical case we read and discussed in class, entitled “Stolen Trust” (Burger 2015). A thoughtful response includes a careful analysis of the problem. What makes it a dilemma? What values and principles are at stake? You will develop your own response to the problem, supported by arguments and relevant evidence from the case. Here, you should expect to draw on what you learned from the readings and class discussion, and to support your reasoning with relevant facts of the case study and perspectives from the commentaries that support your points. As part of your commentary, please address the following four dimensions:
Introduce the topic of Teacher Ethics and contextualize it by discussing its meaning and relevance and/or the historical roots of teacher expectations over the past half-century or more. How do we understand ethics today? How are they different from morals? How can current attitudes about teacher ethics be traced through historical roots and/or the history of education reform? Set the stage for a contemporary analysis of teacher ethics in this section.
Analyzing the central problem and the values at stake. What is central dilemma in this case? Why is this a dilemma? What values or principles are at stake? Is there disagreement about these values? Do they compete in some way? What practical and/or policy considerations are at stake? Is there disagreement about these?
Formulating possible responses, choices, actions. What reasonable choices or lines of action might be available, and to whom? How does each of these choices frame and address the issues at stake? For each choice, what is gained and what is lost? Who should take action (or not)? What should they do? Why?
What have you learned from this case that might apply elsewhere? What are the broader lessons that we might take from this case to help understand educational policies and practices, as well as deeper societal issues? Issues of educational equity and fairness? Other principles or values that might guide the practice of teaching or the organization of schools?
Your paper should include at least two citations of course readings beyond the actual Case Study in the Burger article. In other words, connect your ethics argument to other topics we’ve covered in class. You may also cite the Burger article, of course.
Use APA style formatting, including in-text citations and a references list at the end. Please see the “APA Help” section of Canvas for guidance
Please include word count at the end of the essay just before the list of references.