Drawing on research and methods developed in the Justice in Schools project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Dilemmas of Educational Ethics: Cases and Commentaries introduces a new interdisciplinary approach to achieving practical wisdom in education, one that honors the complexities inherent in educational decision making and encourages open discussion of the values and principles we should collectively be trying to realize in educational policy and practice.
At the heart of the book are six richly described, realistic accounts of ethical dilemmas that have arisen in education in recent years, paired with responses written by noted philosophers, empirical researchers, policy makers, and practitioners. The editors illustrate how readers can use and adapt these cases and commentaries in schools and other settings in order to reach a difficult decision, deepen their own understanding, or to build teams around shared values.
“This remarkable book shows the richness of the ethical answers that can be developed through practical reasoning. . . . A major contribution to the important, growing field of educational ethics.” —NOAH FELDMAN, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard University
"Our field is long overdue for the grounded approach to problem solving proposed by Levinson and Fay. If we intend to develop innovative and transformative educators and systems of education, we would do well to treat this book as a beacon call to change the way we wrestle with the most pressing challenges that face our field." –– JEFFREY DUNCADE-ANDRADE, associate professor, Raza Studies and Education, San Francisco State University.