In an age of accountability and transparency, headteachers are held responsible for everything from results to school finances. Because of this increased accountability, school leaders must regularly confront difficult ethical dilemmas. Ethical Leadership in Schools teaches headteachers and aspiring headteachers the concepts that inform ethical choices in leadership roles. Using brief vignettes, Kenneth A. Strike explores common situations that headteachers are likely to encounter and presents questions and issues to help them determine the ethical path. This invaluable resource clearly explains complex ideas in an accessible, well-illustrated manner. To help resolve the dilemmas that challenge every school leader, this book will: - Guide readers through the process of making ethical decisions - Link ethics to issues of accountability - Provide scenarios that reflect the difficult choices facing principals - Supply the tools to create ethical advice in varied contexts - Examine the central principles of fair cooperation The study of ethics should emphasize what makes a school a good educational community. By creating communities that are competent and caring, school leaders will be able to maximize their resources and meet the growing demands of accountability.
Kenneth A. Strike is a professor of cultural foundations of education and of philosophy at Syracuse University. He is also professor emeritus at Cornell University, where he taught from 1971 to 2000, and is former chair of the Department of Education Policy Studies at the University of Maryland. He earned his BA from Wheaton College and his MA and PhD from Northwestern University. He has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta. He is a past president of the Philosophy of Education Society and was elected to the National Academy of Education in 1993. He was a member of the National Research Council Committee on School Finance, Equity, Adequacy, and Productivity from 1996 to 1999. His principal interests are professional ethics and political philosophy as they apply to matters of educational practice and policy. He is the author of a number of books and well more than a hundred articles. Recent books include The Ethics of Teaching, The Ethics of School Administration, Liberal Justice, and the Marxist Critique of Schooling, and Ethics and College Student Life. Papers of note include Professionalism, Democracy, and Discursive Communities: Normative Reflections on Restructuring in the American Education Research Journal, The Moral Role of Schooling in a Liberal Democratic Society in the Review of Research in Education, The Moral Responsibilities of Educators in Handbook of Research on Teacher Education, Can Schools Be Communities: The Tension Between Shared Values and Inclusion in Educational Administration Quarterly, Freedom of Conscience and Illiberal Socialization: The Congruence Argument in the Journal of Philosophy of Education, On the Construction of Public Speech: Pluralism and Public Reason in Educational Theory, and Centralized Goal Formation, Citizenship, and Educational Pluralism: Accountability in Liberal Democracies in Educational Policy. Professor Strike delivered the 1999 Kohlberg Memorial Lecture at the annual meeting of the Association for Moral Education. The address was published as Liberalism, Communitarianism, and the Space Between: In Praise of Kindness in the Journal of Moral Education, and he gave the keynote address at the Great Britain Philosophy of Education Society in 2000. This address was published as Schools as Communities: Four Metaphors, Three Models, and a Dilemma or Two in the Journal of Philosophy of Education. He has written on a variety of other topics, including school reform, desegregation, affirmative action, and religious liberty in education. His current work concerns the exploration of the normative aspects of school reform, emphasizing the notion of schools as communities. He is the recipient of a grant from the Spencer Foundation for this work. Professor Strike lives in Thendara, New York, a small village in the Adirondack Mountains, in a house on the shore of the Moose River on which he regularly canoes, kayaks, and only occasionally bothers the fish.