Ethics in Teaching
Ethics should be a main concern when a teacher is deciding how to teach and what he or she plans on teaching. Ethics are the morals that a person believes in. Teachers are expected to have professional, ethical conduct with students, the public, other educators, the profession, and toward the school or district. A professional educator strives to create a learning environment that nurtures to fulfillment the potential of all students and demonstrates effective pedagogy. Pedagogy in the Webster’s dictionary is defined as, “the state or art of teaching” (Merriam-Webster, 2010). "Ethics must be seen as a central concern of critical pedagogy( Giroux ,1994,)" said by Henry A. Giroux, who believes that morals used in teaching need to be coherent with high regards and exemplify the highest ethical standards. Ethics in teaching can have both positive and negative effects for the students. Giroux believes that teachers in elementary school and early childhood levels should set an example for their students. They can do this by being responsible, treating student’s fairly, and respecting others in the classroom (Esselen,1991). When a student sees his or her teacher doing so, the student will then want to be more like the teacher and follow the teacher’s example. Several students do not have a positive environment at their homes and their teachers may be their only image of a good citizen (McClendon,2010). The National Education Association (NEA) “Code of Ethics for teachers” states that “the educator, believing in the worth and dignity of each human being, recognizes the supreme importance of the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, and the nurture of the democratic principles essential to these goals is the protection of freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal educational opportunity for all. The educator accepts the responsibility to adhere to the highest ethical standards” (NEA, 20210). With this in mind there are a few...
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