Goldman could have given in, turning her back on strongly held beliefs, or she could have ignored her parents' concerns altogether, promoting bad relations.Instead, she navigated the tougher but more rewarding course.Teachers must be ever mindful of this responsibility in their interactions with their colleagues, their patients, and those whose education has been entrusted to them.These behaviors are those which demonstrate disrespect for others or lack of professionalism in interpersonal conduct.
Nevertheless, we believe all educators are obligated to help foster civic virtues such as integrity, diligence, responsibility, cooperation, loyalty, fidelity, and respect-for the law, for human life, for others, and for self.An atmosphere of mutual respect, collegiality, fairness, and trust is essential.Although both teachers and learners bear significant responsibility in creating and maintaining this atmosphere, teachers also bear particular responsibility with respect to their evaluative roles relative to student work and with respect to modeling appropriate professional behaviors.The professional educator, in accepting his or her position of public trust, measures success not only by the progress of each student toward realization of his or her personal potential, but also as a citizen of the greater community of the republic. The professional educator deals considerately and justly with each student, and seeks to resolve problems, including discipline, according to law and school policy. The professional educator does not intentionally expose the student to disparagement. The professional educator does not reveal confidential information concerning students, unless required by law. The professional educator makes a constructive effort to protect the student from conditions detrimental to learning, health, or safety. The professional educator endeavors to present facts without distortion, bias, or personal prejudice.PRINCIPLE II: Ethical Conduct toward Practices and Performance The professional educator assumes responsibility and accountability for his or her performance and continually strives to demonstrate competence. The professional educator complies with written local school policies and applicable laws and regulations that are not in conflict with this code of ethics. The professional educator does not intentionally misrepresent official policies of the school or educational organizations, and clearly distinguishes those views from his or her own personal opinions. The professional educator honestly accounts for all funds committed to his or her charge. The professional educator does not use institutional or professional privileges for personal or partisan advantage.