ERIC Number: ED378175
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-11
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Reflections on the Moral Content of the Professional Community vs. Moral Demands of the Community: Focus on Sockett's Moral Base for Teacher Professionalism.
Morrison, Harriet B.
This paper describes the moral role of the education profession, discusses the virtuous educator, and examines H. Sockett's concept of "in loco parentis" for the educator and implicitly the education profession. Sockett holds that teachers must work as ambassadors for public education in promoting the school's mission and concern for children. The teaching profession has been weakened by social trends, legal decisions, and lack of community support. Sockett's antidote to a weakened teaching profession is the introduction of professional development schools where university and local school faculty fashion a microcosm of the united profession. Sockett has identified five elements that exemplify professional virtue: honesty, courage, care, fairness, and practical wisdom. Sockett contends that society's moral vacuum, collapse of the family, and disappearance of childhood are testimony to the need for the virtuous educator. According to Sockett, the essential moral nature of the profession demands a return to an "in loco parentis" paradigm, but this paper argues that certain domains are the sole province of parents. The paper concludes: "To expect the return of the parental model for the educator is to operate in dissonance with our multifaceted society, its problems, and its opportunities as well as its sometimes frantic pace." (JDD)
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, In Loco Parentis, Moral Development, Moral Values, Professional Development Schools, Role of Education, School Responsibility, School Role, Teacher Role, Teaching (Occupation)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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