An ethics panel is at work in Virginia, and there seems to be an abundance of real-time issues to underscore its effort.
Investigations and trials at the state level seem to now have companion cases in local government. The most recent test of ethical boundaries comes with a school board member releasing confidential student records. When public officials are confronted with fact questions, they seem to fall on the sword of complicity, "I did it and I'm sorry," or the sword of ignorance, "I didn't know." Neither is acceptable and both have consequences.
Perhaps we should teach young people that the ultimate test of life's laws is not only understanding…it is behavior.
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