Our Teachers Want To Be The Best: On The Necessity Of Intra-Professional Reflection About Moral Ideals Of Teaching
Teachers and Teaching, Volume 16, Issue 2, pages 207 - 218
By Doret J. de Ruyter and J. Jos Kole
Teaching is a significant social good and therefore teachers as well as
the state have to take responsibility for guarding the moral quality of
the teaching practice. Based on this premise, the article describes and
defends the view that these parties have their own particular role by
means of literature review and theoretical and practical arguments.
The role of the state is necessarily limited to defining
minimal moral rules and obligations, because in liberal Western
democracies morality is codified in law to a minimal degree. The state
also has practical reasons for such a confined position, among which
are the complexities of professional practice and its implied tacit
Teachers have to take responsibility for constructing the full
width of professional morality, but particularly for defining its
optimal or aspirational dimension. This dimension comprises the virtues
deemed important for teachers as well as their professional ideals.
Whereas the literature on professional ethics of teachers is relatively
silent about professional ideals, several arguments are provided for
the importance of ideals for teachers.
The final part of the article defends the claim that teachers
have to articulate their professional ideals through intra-professional
dialogue. Again, theoretical and practical arguments are provided, for
instance that such a debate provokes teachers to think about the best
aims and means of their profession and that it contributes to the sense
and meaning of their work. The article ends with some practical
implications of the theoretical expos.
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