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Teaching youngsters ethical behavior & fairness means practicing it yourself!


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The well project is always front and center in my mind but today I’m musing about the beginning of a new school year.  I supervise interns in an online Johns Hopkins University program that prepares educators for certification in Administration & Supervision.  Keri Estes, who has done superb work, as do most of my JHU students, made a powerful statement in the last assignment I graded, so powerful that I asked her if I could share it.  Here it is:

  • Integrity, ethics, and fairness are integral to a career in education.  The recent cheating scandals in Baltimore City and Atlanta schools make it even more important to demonstrate integrity in everything that we do.  Our children are growing up in a world where cheating and deception in business are a regular part of the evening news.  The last thing we need to do is to bring the same type of distrust and skepticism to the school system.  We are all faced each day with the choice between doing what is easy and doing what is right.  It is our responsibility as educators to set the example for children that doing what is right is important, even when it comes at a personal cost.  —  Kerensa M. Estes, John Ruhrah School, Baltimore City (MD) Public Schools
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