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standards of behavior for teachers

Examine the attached documents that define standards of behavior for teachers. Please share in your own words:

1. Commonalities you found in the documents;
2. Any elements that may have surprised you;
3. Reflections on personal experiences that your teachers were in compliance (or not).


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Regarding the 1872 document,

1. The commonalities found were few with the exception that some teaching contracts do still include a morality clause in which a probationary teacher may be fired for reported immoral behavior

2. The points regarding filling of lamps and cleaning the chimney were somewhat surprising because one-room school houses are, by and large, non-existent.

3. Most teachers today would not be in compliance because many marry, few clean their own chimneys and almost none know how to whittle pen nibs.

Regarding the NEA document,

I really liked it except for the fact that so many statements were things that professional educators shall "NOT do" rather that statements written as things that educators shall do.

1. The biggest commonality I found was that a teacher shall not be a hindrance to a child's learning.
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2 Shall not unreasonably deny the student's access to varying points of view.

It is a position that I always tried to take, especially when teaching students about Middle Eastern cultures and I can state that I never accepted any bribes to alter a students grades or to give them any unearned preferential treatment.

2. There were few elements that surprised me. Most of the statements dealt with knowingly making false ...

Solution Summary

This solution exemplifies past and present standards of behavior for teachers.