Ethicsand Social Issues
NEA:Education Profession Ethical Codes
Thecodes of ethics as described in the National Education Associationare made up of two principles. The principle of obligation to thelearners and pledge to the profession and the teachers aim to helpthe student to realize their potential as members of the society.Teachers strive to improve the inquiry spirit, understanding, andachievement of knowledge. In doing these, the teachers should notunreasonably stop the student from the independent action whenpursuing learning. Educators shall not prevent the students fromhaving a varying point of view. They shall not intentionally destroythe subject matter that is crucial to the student’s progress.Teachers shall not deliberately embarrass or expose students toembarrassment (Carrick, 2010). The NEA code of ethics expects theteachers not to treat educators based on religion, race, creed,color, and nationality, social, political or family background. Theeducators shall not take advantage of their profession to createrelationships for private gains. The instructors are not allowed todisclose students’ information unless it is a persuasiveprofessional intention or is directed by rules.
Regardingobligation to the work, it is bestowed by the community withresponsibility and trust demanding the best standards of skilledservice. Education professionals need to put more emphasis onimproving the standards of the profession so as to attractappropriate individuals to the profession. The educators shall notknowingly make false remarks or fail to give material facts relatedto skills and qualification (Rebore, 2014). The teachers are expectedto avoid assisting the entry of any unqualified individual. They arenot deliberately making false remarks about the skills of anindividual. The educators are not expected to make malicious commentsabout other colleagues, assist a non-educator to join the teachingpractice or receive a favor so as to influence professional decisions(Normore, 2014).
InFlorida, there are various ethical codes that require being followedby the educational professional. Every person in the state is valuedby the educators, their dignity, devotion to excellence, pursuingtruth, and all are awarded democracy. There are teaching and learningopportunities thus ensuring equality for all. The priority is givento the students for their development. It is, therefore, the duty ofthe educators to make sure that this welfare is promoted at all cost,being guided by integrity. The teachers are aware of the respect andconfidentiality which needs to be maintained between parents andstudents thus has to have high ethical conduct (In Levinson, 2016).
Theprofessional educators who do not follow the ethical rules facedisciplinary rules as outlined by the State Board of Education. Theviolation of the moral principles leads to either suspension orrevocation of the certificate of the educator or other law penalties.The educators have obligations to the students which require them tooffer protection to the students from any harm despite their physicalor mental status. An educator is not supposed to violate the legalrights of the student intentionally. Discrimination is illegal, andthe education professional should be aware of that and not practiceit all cost.
Theeducators have an obligation towards the teaching profession, and itrequires them to respect their colleagues despite their differencesin political or ideas to help them work together while attending tothe students. The issues which may lead to discrimination such asage, gender, political beliefs, religion, color, and race should notbe a hindrance and what should be substantial is combining theknowledge and skills the educators possess to help educate thestudents. Honesty is a virtue required in teaching in variousmanners, such as while dealing with the management, dealing withstudents, where an educator is not sure about something they areteaching, should not pass the wrong message to the students (Donlevy,2011).
Thestudents should not be denied any information depending on theirdiversity. Teachers should acknowledge that all students are insearch of knowledge and it is ethically right to treat all of themequally and not favor others. Educators should uphold the legalrights of the students and should even be willing to report those whobreak them to higher management, as they have the protection duty.Distorting the academic program is an illegal act as, and theeducators should ensure that the students are taught what they canhandle. In Florida, the teachers who go against these ethicalguidelines face the law according to the set rules and the rules theyhave broken. It may lead to jail terms, fines or even being stoppedto work.
SocialStudies teacher ethical conducts
Inteaching, it requires determining how to deal with the students toensure that they benefit from the studies and they grow not only inthe classrooms but outside as well. Social studies requireinteraction with the environment, and it is the duty of the teacherto ensure that the students are protected from any possible harm(Perkins, 2014). The educators need selecting carefully the contextwith which the students should interact with to make sure that itwill benefit the students. It is the role of the educators to offer acommitment to the learners on democratic values and individual worthso that they can be able to relate to the environment for theirbenefit.
Theteachers should ensure that they equip the students withconstitutional knowledge which will not only be used in the class butwill apply in their lives as well. It will help recognize otherpeople despite the diversity and respect all cultures of the world.Social studies instill ethical responsibility which deals withcommunity and school welfare thus assist the students contribute tothe welfare of all people (Brooks, 2014).
Mr.Day ethical behavior
Mr.Day behaved unethically in this case. As the teacher, he has a dutytowards the students where he was supposed to protect them frompotential harm. In this case, he not only allowed the boys to playvideo games game but as well cheered them. The game had vices whichmay influence the students in late life such as sexual material,violence, which they may practice when they go back to school andportraying races and ethnics an inferior. The educator wasencouraging them of such vices instead of discouraging them, and yetethically they are supposed to instill skills and education thatwill benefit them in class and in future.
Asa public employee, Mr. Day was expected to uphold morality bydiscouraging the boys from playing the video game and educating themof the vices that may result and instead offering a solution tosomething that would be more helpful. He did not act responsibly. Mr.Day recognizes the video games the boys were playing meaning that hehad knowledge of computer programs. By allowing the students to playthe game, he was exposing them to a danger which they may encountersuch as violence and early sexual activities. Thus as a teacher and apublic employee, Mr. Day broke the ethical code of conducts. It isthe role of the teachers to promote and upholds what parents want fortheir children. As a teacher, Mr. Day was aware that there was aparent who had prohibited their child from playing video games butthe teacher ignored it and allowed the act. The parent later calledthe school to complain, showing that the educator did not takeresponsibility of the boys while he was out with them. Therefore, thebehaviors violated, in this case, are responsibility, instillingpositive values and respect for the parent demands. The codes inquestion were professional, social and personal codes.
Inconclusion, ethics are important and mostly in the schoolenvironment. They are not only meant to be guidance to the teachersbut the students as well. All people in the school environment aredifferent in economic, political, social and religious aspects andyet they are all required to follow the same syllabus. The code ofethics thus acts as a unifying factor, enabling them to interact witheach other and the educators to pass knowledge to the studentswithout hindrances from personal beliefs and interests.
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