« Teaching Sensitivity | Main | Responding to RTI »

So Sue Me!

| 3 Comments

In an environment wrought with political, emotional, and social issues, educators are asked to use their best judgment when making decisions while also abiding by the law. However, not everyone makes the right decision and lawsuits often follow. Blogger An Audience of One takes education law classes so he knows when and when not to worry if a student threatens to sue.

“We live in a litigious society and schools are often at the center of that litigation. I am always aware that as an agent of the state everything I do in the workplace is an official act. If I mess it up a lawsuit could follow. It pays to be very aware of what is going on in the legal system out there. I would really rather finish my career without my name being attached to one of those cases for someone else to study some day.”

Should all educators be required to take education law courses?

3 Comments

Yes, all teachers should have had a education law class. It should include ethics, something that is needed and sadly, we don't do a good enough job in teaching it during teacher training. Every one should know and understand the laws that we work under, not just to protect ourselves, but also to protect the children we teach and serve.

Isn't ed law still a basic part of every accredited teacher ed program, if not a separate course, surely a standard part of the foundation courses in most teacher preparation programs? With increasing numbers of our classroom staff coming through alternative ed programs, however, perhaps the subject is getting overlooked or short shrift in their preparation (does anyone know)?

I would say so--and regular updates should be sought. I have encountered a shocking amount of misinformation coming from teachers. My experience is that few are conversant with IDEIA, and many believe things that are just not true.

Every teacher should sit down and read the No Child Left Behind Act. They might be surprised at some things they didn't know that are included (like parent involvement) and lots of things that they think are there that are not.

Comments are now closed for this post.

Advertisement

Recent Comments

  • Margo/Mom: I would say so--and regular updates should be sought. I read more
  • Renee Moore: Isn't ed law still a basic part of every accredited read more
  • Emily: Yes, all teachers should have had a education law class. read more

Archives

Categories

Technorati

Technorati search

» Blogs that link here

Tags