Ethics in Education

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Ethics in Education

As part of my "Committment to Students" I teach ethics in a manner that is nested with the National Education Association's Code of Ethics (1975). As a professional educator, I know that my actions serve as an ethical example for students to follow.In some cases, teachers are the only real role models children have. Therefore, I ensure that I make decisions that are not illegal, immoral, unethical, or unsafe at all times. I have created a positve classroom climate where the welfare of my students is priority. Racism and other discrimination is not tolerated because it is unethical. I also teach about several different cultures to promote equality and acceptance of diversity. Students are encouraged to have scholarly debates about different points of view in an ethical manner.I emphasize ethics in the classroom because in today's society morals are low and crime is high, so we must prevent students from being mendacious.

Character+ Values+ Morals = Ethics

Martin Luther King, Jr. once said ,“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically; character plus intelligence is the true goal of education” (Gutek, 2005, p.386). I concur with his philosophy. In my opinion, character, values, and morals create a student's ethics. Ethics must be instilled in children at both school and home to ensure they become productive citizens. It is my obligation to students to ensure that they become well rounded, ethically sound, and well educated. Here are a few ways to integrate ethics into education....

Real World Ethics

What role should ethics play in education?

Ethics is an imperative part of education. It should be emphasized daily in the classroom. In my opinion,instilling ethics in children will help them develop a moral compass that will guide them when making decisions throughout life.According to Rushworth Kidder, ethical fitness is as important as physical fitness (Zipp, 2010).Making an ethical decision is not always easy which is why students must be trained to do so.Integrating ethics into education is simple and can be done directly or indirectly. As a weekly assignment, my students answer a prompt that requires them to make a moral decision. We discuss the correct and ethical decision to help build their character. Michael Sabbeth's seven Cs of ethical decisions are used in our discussion. The seven Cs are as follows: conscience, character, competence, consequences, choices, compassion, and courage(Education World, n.d.). The 7Cs appear to be helpful for students.


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