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Author Wagner, Paul A., 1947-

Title Ethical decision making in school administration : leadership as moral architecture / Paul A. Wagner, Douglas J. Simpson.

Published Thousand Oaks, Calif. : SAGE Publications, [2009]


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Physical description xx, 209 pages ; 23 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Features of the Text xiii -- Case Matrix xvii -- 1 Leaders, Ethics, and Schools: A Search for Clarity 1 -- Inherently Moral Nature of Leadership 1 -- Leader as Moral Architect 3 -- Moral Architectures Stand Alone 6 -- Distinguishing Between the Meta-Ethical and Prescriptive Morality 8 -- It's Not Just Talk: Pointing Out the Do's and Don'ts of Communal Moral Life 8 -- Taking Prescriptive Morality Seriously 9 -- From the Great Conversation to Truth and Moral Commitment 10 -- Leading the Great Conversation 12 -- Professional Ethics 13 -- Professional Ethics in Practice: An Example 15 -- 2 Moral Theory 21 -- Pragmatic Difference Between Scientific and Moral Theory 21 -- A Spectrum of Moral Theory 22 -- 3 Leadership as Moral Architecture 47 -- Sustainable Leadership 47 -- Morally Prescriptive Shared Vision in Education 49 -- Four Corners of Educational Purpose 51 -- Challenge of Accommodating All Four Corners of Educational Purpose 56 -- Educational Leader: Leading the Way to Accommodation While Never Losing Sight of Principle 56 -- Beyond the Four Corners of Educational Purpose: Schooling Dispositions and Attitudes 57 -- Political and Economic Challenges to Doing Good 60 -- Sustainable Leadership and Organizational Survival 62 -- 4 Taking On the Big Challenge of School and District Administration 67 -- Leadership, Management, and Policy 67 -- Leadership: Moving Beyond Management 69 -- Start With Policy Review, Not People Review 71 -- Deming's Social and Managerial Idealism and Scheffler's Pragmatism 72 -- Getting One's Ducks in a Row 73 -- Point of Policy: Getting Better All the Time 74 -- No Child Left Behind: A Source of Evaluation and Assessment Blunders 75 -- Pragmatic Idealism 76 -- Making Theory Responsive to Practice 79 -- 5 Costs and Benefits of Inclusion 83 -- Accounting: The Meta-Language of Costs and Benefits 83 -- Education for Inclusion 86 -- Respect for Persons and the Assault on Inclusion: Bullying, Sexual Harassment, Sex Education, and Religious and Ethnic Tolerance 89 -- Conflicts of Duty 92 -- Education, Evaluation, and Funding: Putting Money Where It Belongs 94 -- What Does It Mean to Assess Education? 96 -- Boards, Unions, Politicians, Parents, and Colleagues 99 -- 6 Factors to Consider When Making Judgments About Controversial Issues 103 -- Tolerance for Zero Tolerance 103 -- Racism and Hate Speech: Fragments of School and District Culture 111 -- Providing a Safe Environment: At What Cost? 113 -- Participation in the Great Conversation of Humankind 114 -- Summary Recommendations 115 -- 7 Pragmatic Value of Justice for All 119 -- Pragmatics of Justice 119 -- Justice: A Linchpin Concept in Modern Theorizing 119 -- Justice, Promise, and the Relevant Origins of Enduring Morality 120 -- Bootstrapping Principles and Virtues and the Great Conversation 121 -- Properly Working Moral Architectures 122 -- Making Communities Better Through Better School and District Architectures 124 -- Sustaining Moral Architecture in the Face of Challenge 125 -- Elevating School and District Moral Architectures 128 -- Social Engineering, Schooling, and the Focus of Education 129 -- Pragmatic Value of Justice 130 -- 8 Role of Law in Moral Evaluation 135 -- Law as Public Morality and Surface to Moral Architecture 135 -- Jurisprudence, Philosophy, and Practical Studies 135 -- Nature of Law 138 -- Moral Courage, Prudence, and the Law 141 -- Law, Order, and the Feel of Justice 143 -- Wisdom of the Law: Order and Social Justice 146 -- Appendix A Additional Case Studies in Educational Leadership 151 -- Case A.1 Agonizing Over Ecstasy at Cedar Hill School / Daniel Vokey 153 -- Case A.2 Justice and Zero Tolerance / Paul F. Bitting 154 -- Case A.3 A Matter of Integrity / William Hare 156 -- Case A.4 Possibilities at Lone Mountain / Ernestine K. Enomoto, Bruce H. Kramer 157 -- Case A.5 Principal as Buffer at Man Dorr Primary / Kamla Mungal 159 -- Case A.6 Professional Ethics and the Micropolitics of Decentralization: The Dilemma of District Office Middle Managers / Lars G. Bjork 160 -- Case A.7 A Professional's Personal Challenge / JoAnn Franklin Klinker 161 -- Case A.8 Rights of Students Versus Rights of Teachers / John Keedy 163 -- Case A.9 When a Picket Fence Becomes an Offense in Standardized Testing / Elizabeth Campbell 165 -- Case A.10 When the Saints Come Marching in / Sylvia Mendez-Morris 166 -- Case A.11 Defending the Unempowered / Paul A. Wagner, Douglas J. Simpson 168 -- Appendix B American Association of School Administrators Statement of Ethics for Educational Leaders 170 -- Appendix C National Education Association Code of Ethics of the Education Profession 172 -- Appendix D National School Boards Association Code of Ethics for School Board Members 175.
Summary "Pedagogically rich, demographically inclusive, and culturally sensitive, Ethical Decision Making in School and District Administration exposes educational leaders to an interdisciplinary array of theories from the fields of education, economics, management, and moral philosophy (past and present). Authors Paul A. Wagner and Douglas J. Simpson demonstrate how understanding key concepts can dramatically improve management styles and protocols. Key Features: Contains numerous case studies that apply the bookѫs concepts to relevant ethical issues faced by school administrators. Reveals possibilities for thinking outside the box in terms of morally informed and effective leadership strategies aimed at securing organizational commitment and shared vision. Presents multiple theories of ethics, demonstrating how they inform decision making and culture building in school districts. Incorporates a range of in-text learning aids, including figures that clarify and critique ideas, a complete glossary, and end-of-chapter activities and questions."--Publisher's website.
Other author Simpson, Douglas J.
Subject School management and organization -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Decision making -- Moral and ethical aspects.
Educational leadership -- Moral and ethical aspects.
ISBN 9781412952149 (cloth)
9781412952156 (paperback)