EDUC 200 FORUM 2 DISCUSSION - 100256

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Topic: Most educators enter the profession because of a love of learning and a great interest in helping others learn. Most do not enter the profession with thoughts of their legal and ethical responsibilities with respect to students. Do you fit this pattern, or have you given substantial thought to the legal and ethical responsibilities of a teacher? Watch Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Teaching: Reflections from Today's Educators, located in the Reading & Study folder of Module/Week 4, to hear about some of the legal and ethical dilemmas facing contemporary educators. In regard to this topic, the School of Education at LU has assigned dispositions that should be observable in each candidate of the program at both the initial and advanced level. SCRIP is the acronym that assists with listing all five dispositions. SCRIP will be incorporated into this assignment as a consideration in dealing with one’s legal and ethical decision making. Whether employed in a private, religious, or public school, a home educator, or a professional seeking to work with children, a Christian world view is a lens through which all decision making occurs. Complete the interactive SCRIP presentation located in the Reading & Study folder of Module/Week 4, to assist in your conceptual framework as it relates to a Christian world view. Thread Prompt: After viewing Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Teaching: Reflections from Today's Educators and the “SCRIP Presentation" in the Reading & Study materials, analyze which of the 5 issues in the video stood out to you. Write a thread presenting your reaction in an objective manner. In your first paragraph response, summarize the situation taking place in the video through the lens of your ethical perspective. Answer the following question in your summary: "Which issue discussed in the video is of considerable importance to you and why?" In the second paragraph, choose one of the SCRIP dispositions, briefly define it, and provide an explanation of your response to a future situation through the lens of the disposition should you as a teacher find yourself in the position of facing the selected issue. Incorporate a biblical perspective in your response, which is supported by Scripture. Provide support for the main thread by including a minimum of 1 in-text citation and reference from the course text in current APA format in addition to a Scripture. NOTE: MORE THAN ONE ANSWER POSTED CHOOSE ANY
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After viewing the video, I have become aware of several ethical dilemmas and issues that teachers face almost daily. One of the main issues discussed that stood out to me was the topic of being a mandated reporter and knowing when to report. I myself am a court mandated reporter due to my job in the afterschool centers. I have gone through training and completed the program to officially earn the title of mandated reporter. However, I, much like the teachers in the video, am still unsure on some of the differing aspects that come along with being a reporter. For instance, just as the one teacher said, she is unsure when to step in when she sees signs of neglect in her students. This is something that I also question throughout my day. I usually discuss my concerns with my manager; however, it is still difficult when attempting to decide if something needs reported or now. As Ryan, Cooper, & Bolic (2016) explain, “the laws vary from state to state, but they all include two or more of the following elements in their definition of abuse and neglect: physical injury, mental or emotional injury, and sexual molestation or exploitation” (Ryan, Cooper, & Bolic, 2016). But what about if the child has extremely poor hygiene or complains of constant hunger? These are the conditions that cause cloudiness when trying to distinguish if you should report or not. As the teacher in the video stated, it is important that we do not allow our cultural beliefs to cloud our judgement of the situation and that we must not allow for cultural bias to arise. God calls us to “therefore pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it,” meaning, that we must be attentive and use our knowledge to judge the situation at hand (Hebrews 2:1, New International Version).

            When reading through and becoming well-versed in the SCRIP dispositions, it became clear to me that I highly value the “s” or social responsibility. In the realms of education, social responsibility revolves around one’s interaction with the students and their responsibility to create a safe and structured environment for their students. It is crucial that I am able to ensure students with a learning environment that offers them safety and a place where they feel that they belong. I will do this through many methods, but will make sure that I am giving each student the attention and education that they each deserve.

 

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Ryan, K., Cooper, J., & Bolic, C.M. (2016). Those who can, teach (14th ed.). Boston, MA; Cengage.

 

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When considering the ethical dilemmas faced by teachers, there are many difficult situations with which educators have to deal. One important issue is ethical gray areas such as neglect of a child.

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