Code Of Ethics And The National Education Association

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Some things change, some things stay the same. The National Education Association (NEA) adopted a code of ethics in 1975 (Strike & Soltis 2009, p. viii). While this code still upholds many concerns that educators face today, it is important to make sure that a code of ethics is a breathing document. It must adapt and change with the changing of time. Strike and Soltis (2009) reference the code of ethics quite regularly throughout the entire book. It is first introduced in full at the beginning of the book. Looking over the code, it is important to remember that much has changed since it was first adopted. While all of the code still applies, it is necessary to add to the code to make it acceptable for the twenty-first century.
The Code of Ethics, (as cited in Strike & Soltis, 2009, p. x), Principle II article 7 states, “[the educator] Shall not knowingly make false or malicious statements about a colleague.” A provision under the statement should be, this includes undermining a colleague, faculty member, or a staff member while in front of others or students. It is important that there is professionalism in the work place. The ethical code, (as cited in Strike & Soltis, 2009, p. x) truly covers students’ rights very well. In Principle I Article 6 it states,
[The educator] Shall not on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, marital status, political or religious beliefs, family, social or cultural background, or sexual orientation, unfairly:
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