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