Legal, Social, and Ethical Issues in Education in the 21st Century World

Legal, Social, and Ethical Issues in
Education in the 21st Century World
Safety Issues
Racial, Gender, and Socioeconomic Divide
Ethical Issues
Legal Issues
- In education we try to ensure that all individuals, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic status receives equal opportunities. Historically, the Caucasian, middle-class/upper class male has been the most successful. Thankfully, the United States has grown morally over the past century and education has changed with it, attempting to close the gap between minority and majority groups to ensure equal opportunities for all.
- How will your child’s teacher help to close
the gender. racial, and socioeconomic
- Teachers will avoid making
generalizations about gender
(i.e. holding all students up to
the same academic
- Teachers will expose students to
a variety of career paths and
emphasizing the fact that all
students are capable pursuing
whatever career they desire
- Schools are working to increase
the use of technology so all
students, even those without
access to technology at home,
can be successful in the 21st
century world.
- Teachers will be aware of their
classroom climate and eliminate
any gender, race, or
witnessed among students in
the classroom.
- Teachers will build lessons
around resources available in the
school and avoid requiring the
use of outside material as much
as possible so that all students
can be successful.
- When you think of school, what comes to mind? Reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies? What about respect, integrity, honesty, and responsibility? In any social setting, even that of growing children, there are bound to be ethical issues that arise. It is the goal of your child's teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors to take these opportunities to teach students the ideal behaviors and dispositions of a moral individual.
- While your child’s teachers will try to instill these morals in all of their students,
let it be clearly known that no teacher will ever offer nor try to impose upon your
child his/her own personal beliefs in such controversial topics such as religion,
sexual preference, abortion, etc. Though these topics may be visited in the
classroom, they will be viewed in a completely neutral, unbiased, and objective
- How will your child’s teacher
address ethical issues?
- Teachers may discuss
controversial topics going on in
the world today but will address
them in an unbiased, neutral
- Teachers will never disclose their
religious beliefs in the
- Teachers will not discriminate
against any student on the basis
of ethical beliefs.
- Teachers will create a friendly,
unbiased classroom
environment that welcomes
debate without pushing any
personal beliefs on students.
- Teachers will model respect,
honesty, and integrity in the
classroom and expect the same
from all of their students.
- Every educator, administrator, and school
district has legal obligations to follow to ensure
the safety and well-being of your child.
- Here of some of the major legal
obligations to keep in mind:
- Rights under the constitution:
- 1st amendment: No teacher
should read the Bible or any
other religious document in
class nor try to promote any
religious beliefs.
- 4th amendment: no child can be
searched without reasonable
- No child can be discriminated against based on: Gender (Title XI)
“Race, color, or national origin” (Title VI) (Garner, 2000, 7).
Physical or mental disability (Education for All Handicapped
Children Act of 1975 (Public Law 94-142))
- Every teacher is legally obligated to report any signs of child
abuse/neglect they observe, according to the National
Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act of 1974 (Garner,
- You as a parent have the right access certain educational
records of your student thanks to the Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act of 1972 (FERPA) or Buckley
- How will your child’s teacher
uphold their legal obligations?
- Every student will be held to the
same expectations.
- Teachers will never discriminate
against your student for any
- Teachers will keep parents well
informed of what is going on in
the classroom and not deny
parents the right to access
certain educational records.
- Teachers will act as an educator
and moral role model but will
not share with nor press upon
students’ their personal ethical
- In the event that a teacher
suspects any type of abuse or
neglect, the teacher will report it
to the administrator of the