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1 In teaching, ethics means putting the satisfaction of the needs and goods of the students before those of anyone else

2  The first rule of ethical teaching is to do no harm to students ◦ The abuse of authority, which can take many forms, such as prejudice, favoritism, and intimacy, is especially threatening to students’ welfare ◦ Teachers take upon themselves responsibilities akin to the responsibilities of parents for their children

3  Ethical teaching requires exclusive attention to students’ welfare ◦ Teaching requires an unusual degree of sacrifice, of extension of self ◦ Teachers are obliged, as professionals, to defend their students’ interests --- among the chief of which is a search for truth ◦ Teachers must not involve students in their own professional conflicts

4  Ethical teaching means setting high standards and expectations and inspiring students to meet them ◦ Despite resistance and resentment ◦ Must not react by lowering expectations ◦ “We won’t give up,” should be the motto.

5  Ethical teaching means embodying the principles of teaching ◦ Good examples of mature behavior ◦ And of devotion to learning, discipline, and service to others

6  Ethical teaching means teaching ethics ◦ Teachers exemplify the worth of knowledge, service to others, and compassion ◦ Must iterate and reiterate the priorities of truth, honesty, and fairness ◦ Must instruct their students about the costs of plagiarism and cheating, including self-injury

7  Ethical teaching requires consideration of students’ differing but tenable viewpoints ◦ Teachers must distinguish facts from fiction, hypotheses from theories, the possible from the probable, and the wise from the foolish ◦ Teachers must actively encourage their students to discover and justify their own views ◦ Teachers must ask for evidence, logic, and honest self-examination

8  A difficult task ◦ Gains a certain clarity by virtue of its unwavering focus on students’ welfare ◦ Holding the long view of what is in the students’ best interests --- learning, moral development, and aspiring to do more and better


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