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Code of Ethics for Educators Code of Ethics for Educators

Discuss the rationale for the code of conduct in this field, including why it is necessary within the industry or field.
Analyze the strengths and/or weaknesses with the code of conduct.
Discuss which elements of the code refer to ethical and which refer to legal guidelines.
Utilize at least two concepts from the text and/or course lecture to analyze the code.
Sources must be cited and documented using APA style (see the Syllabus for more details).

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Code of Ethics for Educators Code of Ethics for Educators

DISCUSS THE RATIONALE FOR THE CODE OF CONDUCT IN THIS FIELD, INCLUDING WHY IT IS NECESSARY WITHIN THE INDUSTRY OR FIELD.

The Code of Contact for Educators is needed for many reasons, but the most important is that teachers are dealing with minors if they teach kindergarten through the early college years. Teachers are also looked up to as role models and they have a responsibility to be worthy of the student's admiration. The success of the student is directly dependent upon the performance of the teacher. If the teacher is not held to standards of quality, then there is no guarantee they will do their best to help every student. Personalities of teachers and students do not always work well together and there is a risk that a student that is not liked like a teacher may be treated unfairly. The Code on Conduct provides protection from this occurring.

ANALYZE THE STRENGTHS AND/OR WEAKNESSES WITH THE CODE OF CONDUCT.

STREANGTHS
The major strength of the code includes the addressing of educator interaction comprehensively by including students, the institution, colleagues, parents and the community. The relationship between the educator and the students is listed first, thereby indicating a list based on importance. Another strength of the code is the inclusion of a statement concerning the educator not being in the classroom, providing their services to the students in the event the educator is called to strike or another method of political leveraging using the students. The statement used was: "The professional educator responsibly accepts that every child has a right to an uninterrupted education free from strikes or any other work stoppage tactics."

WEAKNESSES
The phrasing is general in many instances, which leaves too much room for interpretation. In this first example, it does not describe what information is confidential and what is not. It also does not explain that it is alright to share confidential information with the parents or guardians of minors or students over 18 who have signed a waiver to allow their parents access to their school records.
3. The professional educator does not reveal confidential information concerning students, unless required by law.
In the example below, asks that the educator "makes a constructive effort" to protect the student. The phrase used could be interpreted in many ways.

4. The professional educator makes a constructive effort to protect the student from conditions detrimental to learning, health, or safety.
Another weakness in the Code of Conduct is the absence of any language regarding the respect the teacher is to show the student and the responsibility of the educator to protect ...

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DISCUSS THE RATIONALE FOR THE CODE OF CONDUCT IN THIS FIELD, INCLUDING WHY IT IS NECESSARY WITHIN THE INDUSTRY OR FIELD.

The Code of Contact for Educators is needed for many reasons, but the most important is that teachers are dealing with minors if they teach kindergarten through the early college years. Teachers are also looked up to as role models and they have a responsibility to be worthy of the student's admiration. The success of the student is directly dependent upon the performance of the teacher. If the teacher is not held to standards of quality, then there is no guarantee they will do their best to help every student. Personalities of teachers and students do not always work well together and there is a risk that a student that is not liked like a teacher may be treated unfairly. The Code on Conduct provides protection from this occurring.

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