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 What is Favoritism?

 Nature of the Problem

 Effects of favoritism on the student’s
 Principles of Favoritism
 Possible solutions

Paniamogan , Marjorie E.
 Favoritism in schools usually has to do with a teacher
or administrator having preferential treatment with a
certain student or some certain students. This can
start to happen for a variety of reason, whether it be
because the student gets good grades or because the
student’s personality attracts the person above
 However, it is important to note that no matter which
context this situation happens to start up with, it
is extremely unprofessional.
Paniamogan, Marjorie E.
 same race
 Similar Ideology
 Blood Relation
 Physical Attraction
 Personal Significants Contacts

Esperanza, Jaemarl T.
a) effects on the students
 They become too proud of themselves (+)
They will have low self-esteem (-)
 They often bribe......... (+)
Lose trust on Teacher (-)
 They become too relaxed (+)

They experience academic stress (-)

 They get high (+)
Oftentimes, a high grades requires a lot of hard work (-)

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b) Effects on Teachers

 Negative Impact on Teacher’s Reputation

 Lose Effectiveness in establishing a positive climate

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c) Effects on Instruction

 Instruction becomes exclusive and not inclusive

 Instruction does not consider various learning styles and
diversity of learners

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 The ethical principles of the teaching profession include
professionalism, responsible service, fairness, equality,
loyalty, maintaining a healthy and safe environment,
honesty and integrity, trust, objectivity, professional loyalty
and continuous development, respect, effective use of
resources, respect for human freedom, and compassion
(Aydin, 2003; Keith-Spiegel, Witting, Perkins, Balogh & Whitley,

Paniamogan,Marjorie E.
 Favoritism is the inclination to favor some person or group not
for their abilities but for some irrelevant factor such as a
characteristic they possess, or their personal contacts, or
merely out of personal preferences (Employee Favoritism,

Paniamogan, Marjorie E.
 It destroys equality as it brings certain advantages to people
who did not earn them and it also hurts others' good intentions
(Nadler and Schulman, 2006).

 One of the most basic themes in ethics is fairness, stated this

way by Aristotle: "Equals should be treated equally and
unequals unequally."

Paniamogan,Marjorie E.
 Favoritism interferes with fairness because it gives undue
advantage to someone who does not necessarily merit this
treatment. Comparing the effort distribution of the
"normal" pupils with the one of the "special" pupils leads
to an observation which might be counterintuitive from
the perspective of folk-psychology:
 Regardless of the question whether or not they are highly
talented in reality and no matter with what kind of teacher
they are matched, "special" pupils never become top
achievers in a situation where they are potential favorites
(Mechtenberg, 2006). I strongly believe that the biggest
dilemma presented by favoritism is that few people see it
as a problem.
Paniamogan, Marjorie E.
 Seek the signs Does your child give up easily and walk away from school
projects? Have they developed a sense of hopelessness? Is a particular subject
seemingly the source of their problem?
 Speak to your child Are they upset because of a particular incident in class? Or
does it sound like they are the victim of a teacher's personal dislike? Try to
establish concrete examples of favouritism.
 Ask around It can be worth mentioning your suspicions to other, trusted, parents -
have their children noticed any favouritism by a specific teacher?
 Be honest Are you bringing any of your own issues into play - perhaps a previous
disagreement with a certain staff member at the school, or even your own past
experiences of favouritism?
 Tackle teacher If you are sure that your child's teacher is expressing a preference
for certain students, approach them - but gently. Be tactful and go in with the
assumption that they are only human and trying to do their best. They may not
have realised that they have 'pets' or surprised.
 Next steps If the situation becomes serious - i.e. with students expressing that
they don't want to attend school - it might be advisable to call a meeting between
parents and the head teacher.
Juntilo, Shirlene
 1. Follow your Classroom Management Plan.
 2. Never Leave Any child out, No matter
 3. Guarantee Fairness with an Assessment
 4. Be aware of your Emotions.

Reporter: Shirlene D. Juntilo