Teacher's Ethics by anamaulida


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        <p>Considering the fact that students spend a great part of their
life at school, one may come to conclusion that schools contribute
significantly into overall 'quality' of students' lives. No wonder that
personality of a teacher is of crucial importance; moreover, some
teachers turn into extremely important people for the whole life due to
the impact they make while teaching us. It is good if this impact is
positive and brings motivation for students, however, it sometimes
happens that teachers manage to spoil not only mood of a student but
intrude into internal world, leaving unpleasant vestige there. That is
why the statement that, "What the teacher is, is more important than what
he teaches", expressed by Karl Menninger is really truthful. Question of
teacher's ethics has been on the agenda since teachers appeared and it is
still important to talk about that.<br>
As long as children go to school to get knowledge and develop themselves,
so long teachers are in need. And as long as teachers are working with
young personalities, so long the question of their professional ethics is
staying on the agenda. Ethics can be inborn but it can and should be
developed. Some people are born tactful, tolerant and moral enough to
become good professionals in terms of ethics. Some are taught how to
behave in order to correspondent to necessary requirements of ethical
conduct. What kind of a person one needs to be to be an ethical teacher?
Certainly, a teacher has to be loyal meaning being patient to students
and caring about them, despite individual abilities of this or that
student. Teacher should not shout at students and demonstrate irritation.
That doesn't mean that teachers should allow everything or let alone
allow disrespect. When conducting a class, a good teacher should
cultivate mutual respect and absolute tolerance. And thus he has a right
to demand the same attitude. Today students rarely hear about punishment,
which was an indispensable element of education some centuries or even
decades ago. Some conservative-minded people claim that punishment
brought positive fruit in the form of students' commitment to discipline
and self-discipline, as a result. Anyway, today corporal punishment is
believed to be an atavism and a way to humiliate students, while
humiliation can hardly be a good companion in any educational process.
Teachers' ethics should not allow teachers choose "favorites" in the
group and differentiate students. If one monitors Mass Media reporting or
at least tracks mainstream reports one will definitely recollect some
notorious cases of teachers' sexual harassment, which shock public.
Indeed such cases are not that rare nowadays. Sure, sexual harassment is
probably most dishonorable examples of violating teacher's ethics and is
even a subject of criminal law. However, even minor misdemeanors may turn
into breaking ethical code of conduct.<br>
Teachers are the people, who should serve for students not only as
examples of high education but of decent behavior as well. That is why
each violation of teacher's ethics may cause some really serious
consequences and turn into crucial mistakes. For example, ignoring some
student may lead to personal complexes because a young personality will
feel depressed and underestimated. Of course, much depends on child's
family, surrounding, but as it was stated from the very beginning school
is the place where children spend a great part of their time and that's
why they are growing as personalities at school. It is vital that they
grew in a healthy atmosphere, surrounded by professional teachers that
would be able to not only give knowledge but give lessons of ethics
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