Case Study: Steven Smith was employed by the Avon School District as a high school English Language Arts teacher. He posted three photos of his students’ writing on Facebook, highlighting their grammar gaffes and misspellings. He also commented on the mistakes.

 Smith’s posts weren’t shared publicly on the social media site, but a customized group of his Facebook friends could see the photos. Someone who thought his posts were inappropriate for a school teacher did not contact Smith but did contact the local newspaper about the photos and comments. The school district’s central office received an anonymous tip about the teacher, his posts, and the forthcoming newspaper article.  


1.  Write two paragraphs equally 250 words or more. 

2.  In the first paragraph, consider either the perspective of the teacher, a parent, the administrator, or a student.  What would they likely say about the news release and the actions of the teacher? 

3.  In your second paragraph, discuss which dispositions (SCRIP), ethical standards (MCEE) and/or Biblical principles were violated or upheld?  Include at least one specific example from each category and remember to use citations and references.  Just so you know, you won’t be able to see anyone’s post until you have posted your own.  

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MCEE and SCRIP Applied to a Case Study

 The perspective of the parents could a negative one and the parents could be infuriated by the action of the teacher. As a parent, one is always expecting that the information about their children is not shared with others. The parents expected that the teachers protect the information of the students at all times. The parents would take the teacher to have made a mistake by posting the information. They will as well end up blaming the school for not ensuring that the teachers are groomed in a way that they do not share sensitive information. There has been a violation of the need for a teacher to display personal integrity in that the teacher has shared information and hence acting in a way that is considered to be non-ethical or non-moral as affirmed by Litwack (2003)….

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