“ If a nation expects to be ignorant and free in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
Thomas Jefferson, 1816
to Charles Yancey, as cited in Lipscomb, A. A., & Bergh, A. E. (1903-1904). The writings of Thomas Jefferson. Memorial edition, Vol. 14, p. 384. Washington, D.C.: The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Association.
The Exercise of Discretion
Teachers routinely exercise discretion and judgment in providing services to students in the classroom.
Teachers follow school policies and regulations, district curriculum guides, and state requirements.
Autonomy and Freedom From Direct Supervision
Teachers have a high degree of autonomy in day-to-day work.
Teachers function in the social setting of the school.
Parents and taxpayers have an interest in ensuring that teachers are responsible professionals.
Some degree of supervision of teachers is necessary.
Code of Professional Standards
Teachers are policed by public agencies.
Professional practice boards or commissions may:
take disciplinary action, following a review of any questionable professional conduct
Professional Code of Ethics
A Code of Ethics is a collection of moral standards that guide a professional.
The Federal Government, States, and Professional Organizations have developed a Code of Ethics for teachers. Although they each have their own, with a few differences they are very much in alignment with each other.
Idaho Code of Ethics
Download the Idaho Code of Ethics summary found on the course home page.
Look it over
You will be asked to go over the Code of Ethics when entering your student teaching internship