Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Etiquette and Ethics

Another interesting wrinkle in teaching during the digital age is that private email exchanges can go public quite easily. This was the case recently in a conversation between a professor at NYU and a student in the MBA program. Basically, it is a story of contrasting interests, etiquettes, and ethics. I wonder how can one maintain integrity and protect the classroom common good, while also being courteous and kind to individuals? This example offers some helpful points and some dire warnings. I'm also interested, however, in who made the event public and is that appropriate (or even lawful). My hope is that courtesy and kindness can animate all moments - whether it means asking a student to leave or responding (or not) to an email.

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