The Need of a Professional Teacher

A teacher   is a person who provides education for pupils (children) and students (adults). Professional teacher duties may extend beyond formal teaching. A professional teacher needs to be confident without being arrogant. Nobody can expect to have all the answers, so if a student asks a real stinker, the professional teacher should be able to admit defeat but offer to find out more for the student. And they must carry that promise out. The role of teacher is often formal and ongoing, carried out at a school or other place of formal education. The professional teacher strives to create a learning environment that nurtures to fulfillment the potential of all students. The professional teacher acts with conscientious effort to exemplify the highest ethical standards. The professional teacher responsibly accepts that every child has a right to an uninterrupted education free from strikes or any other work stoppage tactics.

PRINCIPLE I: Ethical Conduct toward Students

The professional teacher accepts personal responsibility for teaching students character qualities that will help them evaluate the consequences of and accept the responsibility for their actions and choices. We strongly affirm parents as the primary moral educators of their children. 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. The professional teacher, 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 teacher deals considerately and justly with each student, and seeks to resolve problems, including discipline, according to law and school policy. The professional teacher does not intentionally expose the student to disparagement....