2014-06-10 Educator Ethics [NASDTEC]

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A keynote lecture at the 2014 NASDTEC Annual Conference on the need for pre- and post-certification training for educators on ethical frameworks for decision making. The need for ethical training is heightened by the rapid pace of technological innovation, which imposes new challenges and temptations for educators.

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2014-06-10 Educator Ethics [NASDTEC]

  1. 1. Educator Ethics “Post Unto Others …” Frederick S. Lane NASDTEC Kansas City, MO 10 June 2014
  2. 2. “In civilized life, law floats on a sea of ethics.” -- Chief Justice Earl Warren
  3. 3. Lecture Overview • A Hierarchy of Human Conduct • Law, Morality & Ethics • Digital Disruption • Ethical Cybertraps • Teaching Ethics, Pre- and Post- Certification
  4. 4. Hierarchy of Human Conduct Law Ethics Morality
  5. 5. Law, Morality, and Ethics • Law: Objective Standards • Statutes, Regulations, Codes of Conduct, Policies, Procedures • Admonitions or Prohibitions • Generally Inflexible • Slow to Adapt • Laws May Be Immoral
  6. 6. Law, Morality, and Ethics • Morality: Subjective Values • Multiple Sources: Religion, Society, Family, Peers, Media • General Agreement but Highly Individualized • May Be Inconsistently Applied (Moral Relativism) • It May Be Moral to Break Laws
  7. 7. Law, Morality, and Ethics • Ethics: Balancing Law and Morality • Frameworks for the Application of Personal and Social Values • Virtue (Aristotle) • Duty (Kant) • Utility/Consequence (Bentham/Mill) • More Flexible than Law, Less Subjective than Morality
  8. 8. Digital Disruption • Technology Outpaces Law • Technology Overwhelms Morality • Socrates opposed the use of writing, believing it to be immoral • Pace of change increases risk we will lose our moral bearings • Ethics Assist Us in Acting Justly and Rightly in New Situations
  9. 9. Warp Speed, Mr. Sulu • 2400 BCE – Invention of abacus (Babylonia) • 1977 – Apple II • 1981 – IBM PC • 1993 – Netscape • 1998 – Google • 2004 – Thefacebook / Razr / Sexting • 2005 – YouTube • 2007 – iPhone • 2008 – iTunes App Store • 2010 – iPad • 2011 – Snapchat
  10. 10. The Ethics of Texting • Student Texts Teacher at 10pm, Asking for Homework • Teacher Replies with Book and Page Numbers • Illegal?: Probably Not • Immoral?: No • Unethical?:Yes • 1-to-1 Unmoderated Interaction • Late Night Interaction • Probable Intrusion to Student’s Bedroom • Potential Gateway to Inappropriate Chats • Why Does Student Have Teacher’s Cell Number?
  11. 11. Christine Rubino • “After today, I’m thinking the beach sounds like a wonderful idea for my 5th graders. I HATE THEIR GUTS! They are all the devils spawn!” – Christine Rubino, Facebook, 6/23/2010 • Friend comment:“oh you would let little Kwame float away!” • Rubino reply:“Yes, I wld not throw a life jacket in for a million!!”
  12. 12. Christine Rubino • Exchange occurred one day after 12-year-old girl drowned on school trip to beach • Colleague and FB ‘friend’ printed out exchange for administrators • Rubino terminated but ultimately reinstated with 2 year suspension without pay
  13. 13. Christine Rubino • Illegal?: No (in fact, protected speech) • Immoral? Arguably: • Unkind thoughts • Public expression of unkind thoughts • But no malicious action • Unethical? Probably: • Not virtuous • Not professional or consistent with her duty as an educator • Not likely to lead to a beneficial outcome or good consequence for herself or students
  14. 14. An Ethical Cybertrap • Ting-Yi Oei, Assistant Principal at Freedom HS in So. Riding,VA (Loudoun County) • Asked to investigate rumors of sexting at Freedom HS • “Inappropriate” image was forwarded to Oei’s cellphone, then to computer • Charged with “failure to report,” then “contributing to delinquency of a minor” • Charges ultimately dismissed
  15. 15. An Ethical Cybertrap • Illegal?: Possibly • Distribution of child pornography • Possession of child pornography • Immoral?: Depends – are you an absolutist or relativist? • Unethical?: No (with caveat) • Demonstrated compassion for student • Acted under instructions from superior • Behavior consistent with norms at the time • Caveat: Should have informed parent?
  16. 16. Cyberethics for Educators • Pre- and Post-Certification Training • Frameworks for Cyberethical Behavior • Promotion of Sound Decision- Making Online and Off • Modeling Cyberethical Behavior for Students • Educating Cyber Citizens for 21st Century
  17. 17. Contact Information • E-Mail: • FSLane3@gmail.com • Telephone: • 802-318-4604 • Twitter • @Cybertraps, @FSL3 • LinkedIn: • www.linkedin.com/in/fredericklane/ • SlideShare.net • www.slideshare.net/FSL3 www.FrederickLane.com Cybertraps.wordpress.com
  18. 18. Educator Ethics “Post Unto Others …” Frederick S. Lane NASDTEC Kansas City, MO 10 June 2014

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