Moral, Ethical & Legal Issues in Education
A Quick Overview of Last Week’s Class
By golly Ms. Molly, we’ve almost made it! This past week we discussed many different moral, ethical, and legal issues in the world of education. Some of the topics we discussed were, but are not limited to: sites such as Coursehero and Chegg, Teacher’s Pay Teachers, sharing created and purchased materials, material ownership, copyright shakedowns, OER resources, terms of services, interacting with students and families on social media and more! It was quite an action-packed class, that’s for sure!
Digging Deeper into the Topic
Cymone’s post this week reminded me of an issue that I didn’t put much time into associating with this topic, but boy was it a good one. Check out her blog here, but one of the points she discussed was the issue of students, parents, families, etc. trying to add teachers on social media. Some teachers fall into the trap of adding students, which can be quite a big issue, depending on what is being posted and what information is being shared. But personally, I have to say that I don’t add kiddos on any social media platforms until they have graduated high school, and then still that’s an infrequent venture on my part. I am very cautious when it comes to social media, and I always tell my kiddos that we aren’t friends. We have different roles to play, and unfortunately for those that want to be my friend on social media or in person, I can’t fulfill that role.
Dylan speaks more about this topic with the article he presented this week, Beware: Be Aware—The Ethical Implications of Teachers Who Use Social Media Networking Sites to Communicate., which is definitely a must-read. Lovepreet also introduces us to an article, Ethics of Teaching with Social Media, which closely relates to the article mentioned previously. Closely related, Shirsty presented an article Tools for Teaching Cyber Ethics, which also discusses many of the issues presented above. Amanpreet also gave us a book to read, however, to be 100% honest, I didn’t read it, but I did read her blog post for this week that was very informative and I imagine a lot of content is from the book.
To be totally transparent here, there are so many issues around legal, moral, and ethical issues in education that I could talk about but for so many reasons (including time) I just can’t get to them all. There are ones that I would love to talk about with someone off of the record too, so for now, those will have to stay off the ole computer. So hang in there, and try to understand where I am coming from for a couple of minutes while I rant about a few that I feel passionate enough about, but not too passionate that I may say something that I may regret one day.
I was intrigued by this question and obviously had been thinking about it quite a bit since the last class. I can’t remember verbatim what I responded, however, what I know I talked about is that I have been teaching middle years students for my entire 12+ year career and have never had a problem with this type of site in my classroom. Do cheating and plagiarism exist? Of course, it does. But what I know for sure is that we need to start looking at our assessment practices in all grade levels, especially secondary and post-secondary schooling. Obviously, many people are opposed to this as it takes work, learning, and a whole lot of uncomfortable moments. However, we fear websites such as these arising and students using them, although if we changed up our teaching and assessment practices so that students applied their learning to different scenarios instead of regurgitating information, we wouldn’t need to fear sites such as these. Is there a time and a place for this type of learning? For sure. However, I think we could be doing a better job of fearing less about the latest sites, apps, and technology, rather focusing on what students are comprehending and how that learning is being applied. This is totally coming from someone that again has never taught in those learning environments, and only has been a student, however, I think that we could look at things differently. There’s always going to be a new way to “cheat”, and I would rather have kiddos use those sites to supplement their learning and understanding rather than solely be used to pass an exam or assignment. Who knows, I could totally be missing the mark but I think in a quickly changing world, education needs to also start adapting and adopting some of the changes that are happening around us.
I’d Love to Hear from You!
Like always, thanks so much for stopping by! I’d love to hear from you, and I always appreciate all of the feedback, whether it’s a like, share, general comment, or answers to one or more of the prompting questions below. I know that a lot of us are tired but hang in there! You can do it!
- What moral, legal, or ethical issues can you think of in the world of education?
- Have you ever found yourself in muddy water in terms of a moral, legal, or ethical issue in education?
- Are there any issues that you can think of that I haven’t mentioned in my post this week?
- Do you set boundaries for yourself with your students, families, coworkers, etc.? If yes, what boundaries do you set?
- Have I missed the mark in terms of shaking teaching and assessment strategies up in secondary and post-secondary education?