Panhandle hosting ethics summit

October 02, 1997

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - The public is invited to attend "An Education Summit on Ethics," Friday and Saturday at two Eastern Panhandle locations.

The purposes of the free conference are to examine the many ideas about what contemporary education is supposed to accomplish; to discuss some of the ethical dilemmas facing educators, parents and students today; and to consider whether, and how, ethics can be taught in the classroom.

The Friday session runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at Hedgesville High School, Hedgesville, W.Va. A reception for the speakers will follow.

The keynote address will be given by Jamienne Studley, acting counsel for the U.S. Department of Education and a former associate dean of Yale Law School. She will discuss the what education today is supposed to be or do, what the product is and who should make the decision about what educators do.


Ron Glass, a philosopher of education at Arizona State University, will speak on racism and education.

Saturday's three workshop sessions begin at 8 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. All sessions will be in the ballroom of the Shepherd College Center, Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Session I is titled "The Ends of Education;" II, "Ethical Dilemmas within Education;" and III, "How to Teach Ethics in the Classroom."

A one-act play will be presented by students from Martinsburg High School at noon Saturday to demonstrate the use of dramas as a tool for ethical dialog.

Participants can earn three graduate credits from West Virginia University for attending the full conference and completing 35 additional hours of lectures, discussions and assigned reading during the next four months.

Registration for the course, called "Contemporary Education and Ethical Dilemmas," will take place immediately following the last session on Saturday.

For more credit information, call Bill Lucht at Shepherd College at 1-304-876-5276.

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