Thursday, February 19, 2009

K-College Topic: Ethics and Teaching English

10-second review: Maybe it’s time to define a code of ethics in teaching English.

Title: “Ethics and Teaching English Language Arts: An Exploration.” TJ Duggan. English Journal (July 2008), 18-20. A publication of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

Summary: suggests such issues as negative remarks made to students; student teachers; colleagues; collecting examples of our best teaching to serve as models in the profession; dealing with standardized tests.

Quote: “I suggest that we encourage discussion of ethics and codes of conduct in our meetings and in publications such as English Journal, with the hope of inspiring collegial conversations and debates…. The specific language for an ethical code in our field may prove elusive, but the attempt to articulate a consensual statement may help us collectively and individually to examine the ethical dimensions of our practice.”

Comment: Since the author wrote this article on developing a code of ethics for English teachers, I assume there is none at the national level. I wonder if codes of ethics in teaching English exist at state or district levels. I know there are codes of ethics for teaching in general, and I have even seen one for the reading teacher by the International Reading Association, but what about English teachers? RayS.

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