ERIC Number: ED322141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-16
Ethical and Moral Dimensions of the Professionalization of Teachers: Lessons To Be Learned from Doctors and Lawyers.
Smith, Timothy H.
In response to greater public awareness and concern, members of the legal and medical professions have begun to acknowledge that they have leadership roles to play in the shaping of public policies affecting the common good. The rapid pace of social change and scientific development has lent a new sense of urgency to the need for these two professions to reconcile their specialized technical expertise with profound ethical questions concerning their mission and role in society. The loss of status by, and public esteem for, the legal and medical professions has occurred at the same time that doctors and lawyers have distanced themselves most from interest in the common good and social justice. In none of its waves has the recent educational reform movement highlighted the moral and ethical dimensions of teaching and learning. Yet, more than ever before, it is urgent that new technologies and reform strategies be evaluated as means for achieving ends that promote the common good. The absence of a unified teaching profession has been partially due to conscious and unconscious cultural sensitivities to the moral power inherent in schooling. The teaching profession potentially stands to augment its status and to enjoy increased control over its technical affairs by voluntarily acknowledging that education is first and foremost a moral enterprise strengthened by public involvement and participation. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 17-20, 1990).