A person’s background may have a large influence on his or her personal beliefs. The important thing to remember as a teacher is that effective communication as well as being aware of biases in your own culture will provide the best service possible to the students. Education, as we all know, is a lifelong enterprise. That is, when a student shows interest to join a professional school, he or she has already been schooled in values at home, in church, and in the schools. On the other hand, if the student is mature, he or she will have already developed some configuration of values to aid personal growth and relationship in the society. That configuration is normally examined and reexamined throughout life via very strong test in a professional setting
Teachers are faced with several situations in their place of work when they encounter matters that relate to racial, religious, or cultural backgrounds of students they teach. It has also become tricky for the teacher to carry out his or her duty when racial or cultural predispositions form part of the requirements. As an educator, it is important to realize that the task of an institution, such as law school or medical school, is to refocus students’ minds of a world view as far as the professions are concerned, and for them to form the intrinsic value of professionalism. In other words, it helps them see the connection between personal and professional values, and to understand how their personal values influence the decisions they make for other humans in general.
In essence, the challenge is for education professionals to continue throughout their life and at the same time require conscious response by individual practitioners and the profession. In fact, new issues and problems have emerged in the rapidly changing sociopolitical and technological environment. Continued education in values and technical knowledges are therefore essential. In fact, many other values are also exhibited during a professional education, such as in ways faculties treat each other, students, guests, and in ways the institution manages its fiscal affairs, as well as respond to its social responsibilities within the community. However, the most important values within the teaching profession are moral and ethical standards, as the two have a special role in the way teachers impart educational values. For example, Ethical issues in education require that teachers keep their promise of observing datelines, and an explanation should be given in case of changes in plans.
A Reflective Self-evaluation
From the above explanations, it is clear to notice the relationship between the formal study of values and that of ethics. In other words, I have learnt that formal values and ethics cannot proceed very far without the other. The period I have been at the Ontario College of teachers have taught me that the most effective tool for teaching the cognitive aspects of moral values is the formal values and ethics one learns. Every experience thus far suggests that the most successful approach I have learnt is to use the cases or problem methods of teaching. I have learnt that lectures in ethics or human values are not as effective as case or problem teaching method, because the former does not always involve concrete cases of professional practice. Professional students are mostly motivated by things they can see connected with being a good professional.
In fact, the pedagogical objectives of ethics are definite, but unlimited. That is, I will need to focus on teaching students some forms of logic of ethical decision making, the meanings of particular terms and principles that guide their use, and the delineation of the moral presuppositions that guides me and the students’ decision. In the practice, I plan to readily discuss the relationship between cases and problems so that students can link with their present situations. Keeping promises will also involve observing datelines. In case of any changes in the promises made to the client a written explanation will be given to the client giving reasons why they will not be able to deliver on the agreed promise.
The ethical issues that are present during the professional training are similar to the ones in the professional practice. I have determined these two issues of honesty and keeping of promises to be ethical issues because they are issues that are universally acceptable. Professional practice requires that I engage my students not only in the learning process but also practically show the ethical and values in my professional practice.
Moral and professional are those that are anchored in the cultural and religious as well as social norms. For instance, a teacher is sometimes supposed to attend to students in physical education. However, some students particularly from the Muslim background find it unacceptable to use playing kits that they considered too short. As such, as a teacher it is necessary to exercise discretion and ensure that they do not violate any moral issue. I want to be a teacher because I understand the need to incorporate people’s moral and ethical positions. I have developed compassion, empathy, and fidelity in the process of my professional training. I have also developed other numerous values; I am sensitive, compassionate, responsive, and I have learnt by experience and examples.
In formulating my personal code of ethics and values, I will base on the foundation that equity, fairness and non-discrimination defines the activities and actions that I perform around with other people. I will follow procedures and process to ensure the ethical foundations of fairness and equity is observed in my observance of the personal and professional codes of ethics. I will exercise equality in my honesty to all the people that we interact. While adhering to the laid down rules and regulations, I will not be discriminatory in observing the laws of all the regions in which I travel. I will always strive to observe the law of the land in which I am interacting with students. Adhering to the laid down laws and regulations governing health care while nurturing a personal system of ethics. My bias is that sometimes I raise my expectations to unrealistic levels, which may lead to difficulty dealing with some students who might think differently. I sometimes fail to understand that teaching human values through ethical practice does not always carry guarantees of success. However, teaching is a social science provides a virtuous platform to express our ethical values that form our beliefs in humanity and professional practice. With encouragement and reinforcement, I believe my students will afford to learn the values necessary for their own good and the good of the society.