What Should be the Ethics of Educational Administration?
Professional ethics is an issue that some disciplines seem to grapple with more than others. According to Dr. Kelly McKerrow, the field of educational administration only recently is exploring the need for guiding ethical principles in public education. Such a dialog about ethics is critical because of the often-overlooked political nature of public education, she said: “Education and administration are public acts, and as such, cannot escape the reality that they are subject to and must operate within a political arena.” She believes the key ethical perspectives needed are: the ethic of critique, the ethic of justice and the ethic of care. “Undominated discourse” is the fundamental ethical principle that supports all the others, said McKerrow, an associate professor in educational administration and higher ed at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She discussed ethical decision-making in educational administration at the University of Nebraskas Women in Educational Leadership con