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why do we need a code of ethics in teaching

The code
of ethics for teachers is designed to protect the rights of the students, all the students. It is important that teachers understand that when they get a teaching position they are agreeing to follow the code of ethics. I hadn't realized some the things that were in it so I am glad we went over it. Teachers are expected to be fair to all their students and not to take advantage of their position in any way. For example, you can't accept expensive gifts from students because it might appear to bias you. You can't push your personal beliefs on students because they are a captive audience.


You need to have a professional relationship with all students and not let it get too casual and familiar. Apparently, there is quite a bit of abuse that is happening in the school. You need to protect your students' safety and not believe that this is someone else's job. The main thing is not to abuse the power that your position, over your students, might give you. Think through the implications of what happens. Also, our country separates church and state. Whether you agree with this or not, as a teacher you need to respect this and keep religious bias out of the classroom.


How do Kohlberg and GilliganБs theories inform a teacherБs role and actions? While these theoretical approaches to ethics and moral development may seem to contrast with one another, they actually provide Бa multidimensional map of the ethical terrainБ for teachers (Starratt, 2004). Despite their contrasting lenses on moral development, when applied to the teaching profession, these two ethical perspectives complement each other. Teachers should be motivated by a universal respect for human life and also be guided by principles of caring. In fact, teachers have a fiduciary duty to act in a way that is in the best interest of their students.


Teachers stand in a fiduciary position in relationship to their students. Inherent in a fiduciary relationship is an imbalance of power where the students place their trust /confidence in the teachers, who are responsible for caring for their students and respecting their needs. This overarching responsibility of teachers provides an ethical standard of professional practice to which professional educators must abide and has powerful practical and legal implications for their personal and professional lives.

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