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Ethical Theory Essay

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This essay is analyzing and investigation in detail two relevant ethical theories in configuration with the practice provided by the scenario to see whether it was justiciable or not.

Reviewing the scenario it maybe concluded that the teacher didn’t follow procedure with is not just morally wrong but also resulted in the inadequate action by choosing to ignore the situation. This view point is supported by the deontology theory “approach reject the notion that what is ‘right’ can be determined by assessing consequences. Indeed something may be regarded as morally right or ethically obligatory” (Hay and Israel, 2006, p.15). From the deontology perspective the teacher didn’t follow correct ...view middle of the document...

57) . In accordance with the deontological view and the action which the teacher took was unjustifiable.

Arguably the theory of consequentialism is exceedingly different to deontology as it views the scenario from the consequences of the utterance and the level of good it produces. The teacher’s action of not intervening allows the situation to be resolved by the two boys who continued without any fuss with their set task. Whereas an intervention by the teacher would result in a whole class disruption with would affect the every children overall learning as they would have be distracted by the teacher disciplining both boys who may have become emotional upset. In the view of consequentialism then the actions taken by the teacher where justifiable for the benefit of the whole class. Another consequence is Jeremy has meet his match in Philip, so may show more consideration to others when learning instead of trying to provoke them, resulting in an overall better learning environment.

Disagreeably by not interfering in the situation the teacher has now aloud a negative consequence to formulate, with Philip as well as the other children believing it is acceptable to hurt others when provoked. It acceptable to become a bully. Being aggressive towards others affects them physically, socially and psychologically. Dixon (2011, p.83) states that the psychological impacts of bullying effect four fundamental needs: the need to belong, the need for self-esteem, need for control and the need for meaningful existences. The consequence of other children become bully’s or being disruptive will mean the teacher is unable to control or teacher her class effectively for them to reach the full potential. The consequentialist view has to consider all consequences of act even the bad one comes. From the prospective of the consequentialist theory, the consequences cannot be justified.
Another negative consequence is that by not intervening the teacher has reinforced a negative relationship between herself and Jeremy by indirectly discriminating against him. Without the foundations of positive relationship the learner can’t progress. According to Cole (2008, pp.56-58) a positive relationship between teacher and learner will encourage a positive sense of self and motivation. As well as respect and value of diversity that can improve behavior within the classroom environment. An effect on Jeremy as he is seen in a negative way this can produces feeling of anger and frustrated that would have a negative effect on his emotional well-being and behavior meaning he could become more disruptive or violent to the extent he has to be exclude. Children’s Right Article 28 “recognize the right of the child to education” (UNICEF (1989), p.9). The teacher hasn’t consider all the consequences “ teachers and school administrators ,while for the most part fundamentally good people,...

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