Corruption and professionalism
Friday, 02 December 2011
Dr Christine Cunningham
The conflict between corruption and professionalism is at the heart of a new book by School of Education Lecturer Dr Christine Cunningham.
Corrupted Principles and the Challenges of Critically Reflective Leadership details Dr Cunningham’s research as a K-12 principle in an elite American International School in Bolivia.
The book examines why fabricated college transcripts and the passing of failing students was common practice in a school that was unaccountable for its corrupt actions.
These actions ensured wealthy young graduates retained a privileged place in society at a time when Bolivia’s Indigenous majority struggled to gain political power.
In this book Dr Cunningham reveals her professional dilemma of remaining true to her ideals whilst running a corrupt school. The resolution of this situation illustrates critically reflective leadership and how Dr Cunningham kept to her education ideals.