Educator`s Code of Ethics

Preamble

The educator, believing in the worth and dignity of each human being, recognizes the supreme importance of the pursuit of truth, devotion to excellence, and the nurture of democratic principles. Essen­tial to these goals is the protec­tion of freedom to learn and to teach and the guarantee of equal educational opportunity for all. The educator accepts the responsibility to adhere to the highest ethical standards.

The educator recognizes the magnitude of the respon­sibility inherent in the teach­ing process. The desire for the respect and confidence of one’s colleagues, of students, of par­ents, and of the members of the community provides the incentive to attain and main­tain the highest possible de­gree of ethical conduct. The Code of Ethics of the Educa­tion Profession indicates the aspiration of all educators and provides standards by which to judge conduct.

Principle I – Commitment to the Student

The educator strives to help each student realize his or her potential as a worthy and ef­fective member of society. The educator therefore works to stimulate the spirit of inquiry, the acquisition of knowledge and understanding, and the thoughtful formulation of wor­thy goals.

In fulfilment of the obli­gation to the student, the ed­ucator

1. Shall not unreasonably re­strain the student from inde­pendent action in the pursuit of learning.

2. Shall not unreasonably deny the student access to varying points of view.

3. Shall not deliberately sup­press or distort subject matter relevant to the student’s prog­ress.

4. Shall make reasonable ef­fort to protect the student from conditions harmful to learning or to health and safety.

5. Shall not intentionally ex­pose the student to embarrass­ment or disparagement.

6. Shall not on the basis of race, colour, creed, sex, national origin, marital status, political or religious beliefs, family, so­cial or cultural background, or sexual orientation, unfairly:

a. Exclude any student from participation in any pro­gramme;

b. Deny benefits to any stu­dent;

c. Grant any advantage to any student.

7. Shall not use professional relationships with students for private advantage.

8. Shall not disclose informa­tion about students obtained in the course of profession­al service, unless disclosure serves a compelling profes­sional purpose or is required by law.

Principle II — Commitment to the Profession

The education profession is vested by the public with a trust and responsibility requir­ing the highest ideals of profes­sional service.

In the belief that the qual­ity of the services of the edu­cation profession directly in­fluences the nation and its citizens, the educator shall ex­ert every effort to raise profes­sional standards, to promote a climate that encourages the exercise of professional judg­ment, to achieve conditions which attract persons worthy of the trust to careers in edu­cation, and to assist in pre­venting the practice of the profession by unqualified per­sons.

In fulfilment of the obli­gation to the profession, the educator—

1. Shall not in an application for a professional position deliberately make a false state­ment or fail to disclose a ma­terial fact related to compe­tency and qualifications.

2. Shall not misrepresent his/ her professional qualifications.

3. Shall not assist entry into the profession of a person known to be unqualified in re­spect to character, education, or other relevant attribute.

4. Shall not knowingly make a false statement concerning the qualifications of a candi­date for a professional posi­tion.

5. Shall not assist a non-educator in the unauthorized practice of teaching.

6. Shall not disclose infor­mation about colleagues ob­tained in the course of profes­sional service unless disclosure serves a compelling profes­sional purpose or is required by law.

7. Shall not knowingly make false or malicious statements about a colleague.

8. Shall not accept any gra­tuity, gift or favour that might impair or appear to influence professional decisions or ac­tions.

(National Education Association, Code of Ethics of the Education Profession, adopted by the NEA Representative Assembly.)

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