|Elwood Community High School|
|Elwood Superintendent, Casey Smitherman.|
|Board of Education President, Brent Kane|
In this case, the stakeholders are Casey Smitherman, Elwood Community Schools, Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance, Elwood Police, St. Vincent's immediate care and the fifteen year old student. Casey Smitherman and the fifteen year old boy were the main stake holders in this situation. Elwood community schools, because Smitherman was a superintendent and he was a student. Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance was Smithermans insurance provider. Elwood police are the ones who made the arrest and criminal report. Lastly, St. Vincent's immediate care was the location the student received treatment at.
|Smitherman's makes statement about her concerns at the time|
The basic principles of Kantianism are that our actions should be rational, we should allow and help people to make rational decisions, respect people and their individual needs and differences, be motivated by goodwill and seek to do what is right because it is right and lastly obey the law of the land(Business Ethics). Our actions should be abstained from impermissible actions and we should have done what is morally permissible or morally required. We must have the right motivations for our actions and we must also take the time to search for alternatives. Smitherman did not act rationally, she did not help anyone make rational decisions, she did not obey the laws of the land, she had the right motivation but did not act rationally. An important part of Kantianism is the categorical procedure which looks at the Universal law, the Formula of Humanity and the Formula of Autonomy. The Universal law refers to actions of legal legitimacy, Smitherman did not follow the universal law because her maxims led her to break the law.The Formula of Humanity states that we should treat everyone as an end instead of treating them as a means to an end (Business Ethics). Smitherman took advantage of the insurance company and the physicians at the immediate care. She treated them as a means to an end, in this situation the end was getting the child medicine. The formula of Autonomy states that human actions are bound to the moral law by their own will. Actions we do are decided upon by ourselves and nobody else. Smitherman knew the student needed help, she was a caring person who always helped students in need and that's what drove her to go through with this action. In the end, Kantianism does not agree with the actions of Smitherman because she was deceitful and because she did not take the proper time to consider her alternative choices.
Virtue theory is based upon Aristotle. He created five guidelines for us to follow. First, whether "x" is good depends on what "x" is. Second, rationality is the distinguishing characteristics of a person. Third, people must practice rationality in order to function properly and live a good life. Fourth, a thing is happy if it fulfills it's function. Fifth, people who live a good life by functioning properly will also live a happy life. There are also four important human virtues, that must be justified. Courage, honesty, self control and fairness. Courage is the ability to do something even though it frightens you. Smitherman took the responsibility to turn herself in, even though i'm sure she was scared of the criminal charges to come. She also had the courage to resign, no human wants to lose their job but she realized she made a mistake and that this was the proper initiative to take. Honesty was not at first justified, because she had lied to the physicians and taken advantage of her insurance. In the end it ends up becoming justified because she came forward and told the truth to the school system and to police. Self control was not justified either at first, because she did not take them time to consider her alternative options. She did not have enough control to stop herself from lying to the medical workers. It becomes justified because she took the responsibility to turn herself in and to resign. The last one is fairness. fairness is justified because Smitherman is a very hard worker who always had good intentions. She cared about the kids and the community, all she wanted to do was make Elwood a better place, she never meant any harm. Because all four of the virtues are justified, the virtue theory does agree with the actions of Smitherman.
|Casey Smitherman, public statement.|
To solve the current issue, the school needs to follow a specific step by step procedure. Elwood needs to let Smitherman go, which they did by accepting her request to resign. The Board of Ed should then begin to consult with the family of the student. They should provide the student with a counselor, this way they are able to make sure everything is okay at home for him. He also may be dealing with a large amount of guilt after everyone found out what she did because he told a teacher, talking to a counselor would help him deal with the guilt. Elwood should then hold a meeting to reinforce the behavior they expect from workers. In this meeting they should also go over the guidelines of teacher-student interactions, so that all teachers are clear of the expectations going forward. Having guidelines for all employees will help to prevent any future issues, this will also help them follow the proper steps to helping any children in the future. The school system should also begin to schedule weekly meetings with teachers, in these meetings teachers can discuss any signs they have seen that may lead them to thinking a student is in need of help. Right now they should focus on providing proper support for this child and his family, until DCF figures it out. Next Elwood needs to hire a new superintendent. The next superintendent should match the effort of Smitherman, Smitherman was very involved with the community. The new superintendent should have the highest level of professionalism and respect, not only at work but also within the community of Elwood.
It's important that Elwood begins to reshape themselves. They can begin to do this by creating a new mission statement, "Elwood School System, through a strong bond with the community ensures that students will be put into an environment that will not only challenge them academically but will also build character allowing them to be properly prepared for the future. We promote respect, hard work and being a responsible member of the community". Elwood should also redefine their three core values. Proper and professional core values for this school system are trust, integrity and respect. In order to begin to ensure ethical productivity within the school, members on the board need to sit down with school employees and go over the policy of the school, consequences of breaking the law and proper steps to take to handle situations with students. After letting go of Smitherman, the need to reinforce the hiring/firing process to current employees. It's important to realize that you don't have full job security, especially if you have broken the law. To make sure Elwood continues to be a good functioning school, the board of ed should input programs that offer help to students and their families. Whether it's food, clothing or school supplies donations. After school activities should also be offered, this would allow teachers to watch over the kids while family members are at work. It could also. be used as an extra line of support for any students struggling, in order to have this program the students legal guardians must give consent.
- Gian Costantiello
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