The Teacher As Role Models

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As an educator you get faced with the task everyday whether or not it is your responsibility to teach moral values and to develop good character traits in students in your classroom. What people do not realize is that teaching is much more than just the information in the textbooks and for that reason, I do believe that it is the educator’s job to teach moral values and to develop good character traits in students. As an educator, you have to be able to teach the whole student, you have to be willing to teach them life lessons, and not just educate the student based on the standards of the textbooks. It was expected that when children went to public schools that they were to be taught moral values. As stated by Angela Lumpkin in her article entitled, “Teachers as Role Models, Teaching Character and Moral Virtues,” found on the CSU Chino database, she states, “When public schools were established in the United States in the 18th and 19th centuries, one of their stated missions was to teach moral virtues (Lumpkin 45).” I found this very interesting because since public school came about, no one had a problem, in fact they were expecting, teachers to teach moral virtues in the classroom. Nowadays, as an educator, you have to be very careful about what you teach in the classroom because you don’t want to offend anyone, but that does not mean you should only be teaching children the standards out of the textbook. Continuing on with Lumpkin’s article she says, “Teachers back then
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