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Case Study 9.1 Unprofessional Conduct?
Teaching Elementary School Children with intellectual disabilities requires skill, patience, and devotion, and those who undertake this task are among the unsung heroes of our society. Their difficult and challenging work rarely brings the prestige or financial rewards it deserves. Mrs. Pettit was one of the those dedicated teachers. Licensed to teach in California, she had been working with mentally challenged children for over thirteen years when her career came to an abrupt end. Throughout that career, her competence was never questioned, and the evaluations of her school principal were always positive.
Teaching was not Pettit’s only interest, however, She and her husband viewed with favor various “nonconventional sexual lifestyles,” including “Wife Swapping.” Because so-called sexual liberation was a hot topic at the time, the Pettits were invited to discuss their ideas on two local televisions shows. Although they wore disguises, at least one fellow teacher recognized them and discussed Mrs. Pettit’s view with colleagues. A year later Pettit, then 48 years old, and her husband joined ” The Swingers,” a private club in Los Angeles that sponsored partied intended to promote diverse sexual activities among its members. An undercover police officer, Sergeant Berk, visited one of those parties at a private residence. Amid a welter of sexual activity, he observed Mrs. Pettit perform fellatio on 3 different men in a 1 hour period. Pettit was arrested and charges with oral copulation, which at the time contravened the California Penal code (although now it does only if one of the parties is under 18), After a plea bargain was arranged, she pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor of outraging public decency and paid a fine. The school district renewed her teaching contract the next academic year, but 2 years later, disciplinary proceedings were initiated against her. The State Board of Education found no reason to complain about her services as a teacher, and it conceded that she was unlikely to repeat her sexual misconduct. But the Board revoked her elementary school life diploma â€“ that is, her license to teach- on the ground that by engaging in immortal an unprofessional conduct at the party, she had demonstrated that she was unfit to teach.
Pettit fought the loss of her license all the way to the California Supreme Court., which upheld the decision of the Board of Education. In an earlier case, the court had reversed the firing of a public school teacher for unspecified homosexual conduct, concluding that a teacher’s actions could not constitute “immoral or unprofessional conduct” or ” moral turpitude” unless there was clear evidence of unfitness to teach. But Pettit’s case was different, the court hastened to explain.
The conduct in the earlier case had not been criminal, oral copulation had not been involved , and the conduct had been insufficient evidence of unfitness to teach; by contrast, 3 school administrators has tested that in their opinion, Pettit’s conduct proved her unfit to teach. These experts worried that she would inject her views of sexual morality into the classroom, and they doubted that she could act as a moral example to the children she taught. Yet teachers, the court reaffirmed, are supposed to serves as exemplars, and the EDUCATION Code makes it a statutory duty of teachers to ” endeavor to impress upon the minds of the pupils the principal of moralityâ€¦ and to instruct them in manners and morals.”
In a vigorous dissent, Justice Tobringer rejected the opinion of the majority, arguing that no evidence had established that Pettit was not fit to teach. The 3 experts didn’t consider her record; they couldn’t point to any past misconduct with students, nor did they suggest any reason to anticipated future problems. They simply assumed that the fact of her sexual acts at the “swingers” party itself demonstrated that she would be unable to set a proper example or to teach her pupils moral principles.
Such an attitude is unrealistic, Tobringer argued, when studies show that 75 to 80 percent of women of Pettit’s educational level and age range engage in oral copulation. The majority opinion ” is blind to the reality of sexual behavior” and unrealistically assumes that “teachers in their private lives should exemplify Victorian principles of sexual morality.” Pettit’s actions were private and could not have affected her teaching ability. Had there not been clandestine surveillance of the party, the whole issue would never have arisen.
Answer the following questions in order to complete the paper.
1. Do you believe the Board of Education violated her right to privacy? Were they justified in firing her? Explain two to three (2-3) major reasons why or why not.
2. Was Pettitâ€™s behavior unprofessional or immoral? Do you believe she was unfit to teach? Provide a rationale for your position.
3. If teachers have good performance inside the classroom, should they also be held to a higher moral standard outside the classroom? Explain why or why not.
4. Analyze five (5) behaviors you believe would show unprofessional or immoral conduct for a teacher.
Write a four to six (4-6) page paper in which you:
- Analyze the questions associated with your chosen case study and discuss them using concepts you learned in this course.
- Explain your rationale for each of your answers to your chosen case study.
- Format your assignment according to the following formatting requirements:
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- Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the studentâ€™s name, the professorâ€™s name, the course title, and the date. The cover page is not included in the required page length.
- Cite your textbook as a reference.
- Include a reference page. Citations and references must follow APA format. The reference page is not included in the required page length.