Chapter 506-5 CODE OF ETHICS FOR EDUCATORS
|(1)||Preamble. Educators, on whom
the development and perpetuation of knowledge depends, recognize their primary
responsibility is to students. As members of the teaching profession, educators
also recognize their responsibility to the educational system, to the
profession, and to the citizenry. These principles establish the elements of
professional behavior in light of these responsibilities. These principles are
intended to aid educators individually and collectively in maintaining a high
level of ethical conduct. These principles are standards by which educators are
able to determine the propriety of their conduct in their relationships with
students, with colleagues, and with the public.
Professional Teaching Practices Act, O.C.G.A. Section 20-2-790, et
seq., provides that the practice of teaching and the rendering of
administrative and supervisory services are recognized and declared to be
professional services affected with the public interest. Teaching is declared
to be a profession in this State with all similar rights, responsibilities, and
privileges accorded other recognized professions. The distinguishing
characteristics of a profession as opposed to occupations or trades, include
not only a special knowledge and education but a requirement that its members
adhere to an ethical code of professional behavior. It is the responsibility of
the profession to develop an ethical code of conduct which shall define the
professional behavior of educators in this State.
|(3)|| Supplementary Definitions.
This Code is in three parts: "Canons," "Ethical Considerations" and "Standards of Conduct," each of which is designed to complement the other. "Canons" are the aspirations of the profession. Because they represent the ideal, it is recognized that educators may fall short of these principles. The "Ethical Considerations," although not themselves a binding code of conduct, should be used by educators in interpreting the "Standards of Conduct" to ensure that the educator always acts within the confines of ethical professional behavior. The "Standards of Conduct" establish mandatory prohibitions and requirements. These Standards are binding on educators. Violation of these Standards may subject an educator to investigation by the Professional Practices Commission and disciplinary action by the Professional Standards Commission and/or by the local board of education.
|(a)|| Canon I: An Educator Should Strive Always
to Improve the Educational System.
|(b)|| Canon II: An Educator Should Act to
Improve the Educator's Personal Abilities and to Improve the Educator's School
|(c)|| Canon III: An Educator should Always
Maintain a Proper Professional Relationship with Students and Colleagues.
|(d)|| Canon IV: An Educator Should
Assist in Maintaining the Professional Competence of the Education Profession.
|(e)|| Canon V: An Educator Should Assist in
Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession.
|(f)|| Canon VI: A Supervisor Should Exemplify
the Best Qualities of an Educator.
of Conduct. The Standards of Conduct to be observed by educators are set
forth below. These Standards establish mandatory prohibitions and requirements.
These Standards are binding on educators. Any violation of these Standards may
subject an educator to investigation by the Professional Practices Commission
and disciplinary action by the Professional Standards Commission and/or by the
local board of education.