The Effective School Movement Of Schools Essay

1321 Words Sep 30th, 2015 6 Pages
As previously discussed, the effective school movement was highlighted with the conviction that school leaders were in important component to schools that support the learning of students of color and of low-SES. According to Raymond Calabrese (1988), a professor of educational administration, an ethical school leader is the epitome of effective schools and one cannot exist without the other because an “effective principal must be an ethical principal” (p. 4). Branson (2014d) adds that “ethicalness is the cornerstone of leadership” and so “if it isn’t ethical, it isn’t leadership” (p. 452). Moreover, critical theorist, Paulo Freire (2014), suggests educators must live and practice ethics everyday; since “ethics defines what must be,” “establishes the moral principles of sociability and respect,” and “ regulates our presence in the world” (p. 30). With this in mind, Calabrese argues that it is up to the school principal to communicate ethical values that will inculcate the driving force for entire school organization. In essence, the need for school leaders to lead with ethical principle is necessary for our public schools today—for a good school cannot exist without it.
In his seminal work, “Building an Ethical School: A Theory for Practice in Educational Leadership,” Robert Starratt (1991) develops his argument for the application of three ethical themes—critique, justice, and caring—to school leadership. Starratt’s argument is twofold: first, since school leaders have a…

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