An initiative of EdEthics and Ethical Schools Podcast, each episode of our new video podcast series includes a dramatization of an ethical dilemma that could be faced by educators along with a discussion of the case facilitated by Harvard Graduate School of Education professor Meira Levinson.
Should young people be recipients of civic knowledge rather than agents of change? How should input from members of the community influence school decisions about curriculum? In a polarized community, is it better to make waves or avoid conflict?
Our first episode examines the debate over a form of project-based civics education called Action Civics, in which students research a topic of their choosing and then take action to create change. In this case study, a parent’s campaign to end the action civics project prompts a high school to examine the purpose of civic education, the rights of young people to influence their community, and the ways that polarized discourse influences schools.
Discussion led by Meira Levinson of EdEthics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Andrew Wilkes of the nonprofit Generation Citizen
Debbie Holecko of Ohio’s North Olmsted Middle School
Fernando Reimers of the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Robert Pondiscio of the American Enterprise Institute
A wide-ranging and timely conversation explores questions about student agency, teacher autonomy, state authority, community involvement, parental rights, and political polarization.
A cast of actors interprets teachers, parents, and school leaders. Multiple perspectives emerge as participants grapple with challenging scenarios and choices, engaging in both personal reflection and group discussion, often across differences.
Each episode consists of 1. a realistic conversation among adults in a school, played by professional actors, who are faced with a complex ethical decision, and 2. a discussion in real time, facilitated by Dr. Meira Levinson, among experts from the field of education.
To facilitate Professional Development initiatives, you can also choose to watch the two parts of the episode separately.
Ethical Schools Podcast is an an initiative of Ethics In Education Network, wich envisions equitable and inclusive educational environments that support students in becoming adults capable of and committed to building ethical institutions and dismantling systems of oppression and inequality. Every week Amy Halpern-Laff and Jon Moscow talk with educational innovators about creating ethical learning environments, helping students overcome the effects of trauma, and empowering young people to make change. Available on every major podcast platform.
EdEthics is an initiative of The Harvard Graduate School of Education designed to affirm that ethics matter, and then to help educators and policymakers reason through the ethical dilemmas they face. Founded by Professor Meira Levinson, EdEthics doesn’t necessarily provide answers. Rather, EdEthics helps educators and policy makers ask the right questions, offers shared language to talk about the ethical choices they face, and provides frameworks and heuristics through which they can understand others’ points of view.
Each episode of “What Would You Do?” was produced by Hoot Owl Media.