The Moral Life of a Teacher Essay

1943 Words Dec 14th, 2006 8 Pages
The Moral Life of a Teacher

Considered Response

In the context of professional ethics, morals refer to so much more than lessons learned from fairy tales. Greene provides that a moral refers to a varied selection of values, judgments of right and wrong, good and bad as well as relational judgments concerning peoples' actions (Greene, 1973). Many professionals, including teachers, are often held to a high standard of morality. Morals are measured through many mediums; there are personal values, professional standards, societal norms and legal statutes which are a few examples of foundations that morals are compared against. This response will examine the current legal context associated with teachers in regards to morals and ethics.
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Cesare and Manley-Casimir (2005), maintain that the court has treated misconduct as an integral part of the larger concept of the role of a teacher. In another case litigated at the British Columbia Court of Appeal, a teacher attended a meeting at her son's school, where she engaged in an argument with another teacher; criticizing their abilities and subsequently made negative comments about this teacher in public. This teacher was charged with a breach of the Code of Ethics of the British Columbia Teachers' Federation. Justice Lambert, who wrote for the majority of the Court of Appeal, stated this;
"I don't think people are free to choose which hat they will wear on what occasion. Mrs. Cromer does not always speak as a teacher, nor does she always speak as a parent. But she will always speak as Mrs. Cromer. The perception of her by her audience will depend on their knowledge of her training, her skills, her experience, and her occupation, among other things. The impact of what she says will depend on the content of what she says and the occasion on which she says it……" (Cesare and Manley-Casimir, 2005).
This statement sends a pretty clear message that teachers may not always freely disassociate from their occupational role. Cesare and Manley-Casimir (2005), provide that the court has established the teachers have a duty to engender

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