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ERIC Number: EJ1105373
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1532-0723
The Role of Personal Ethical Checking in Courageous School Leadership
Buskey, Frederick C.; Pitts, Eric M.
Education Leadership Review, v14 n3 p73-80 Oct 2013
When school leaders make calculated decisions to deviate from hierarchical or cultural directives and norms, they may be viewed as mavericks or brigands. This paper details a process of ethical checking to help differentiate ethical decisions from more arbitrary or self-serving decisions. The paper examines conflicts inherent in many professional codes. We use our model of artistic insubordination (Buskey & Pitts, 2009) as a departure point and examine the relationship between language and steps from Dr. Martin Luther King's direct action model with concepts already found in educational leadership. We use both to develop a process of ethical checking. The process should help school leaders attempting to balance the demands of being administrative leaders, democratic citizens, and human beings (Starratt, 2004).
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Language: English
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