Friday, August 12, 2011

Examining Codes of Ethics

NAEYC's Code of Ethical Conduct

I-4.2: To promote cooperation among professionals and agencies and interdisciplinary collaboration among professions concerned with addressing issues in the health, education, and well-being of young children, their families, and their early childhood educators.

In order to serve children, it takes more than one person or agency.  It is important to maintain professional and collaborative relationships within the community. For example, in my current position as a high school teacher, I refer students to our Family Specialist who can help them with social issues.  My district offers parent education courses and I teach a parenting class to teen parents.  We work with surrounding businesses to gain funding for some of these programs.

I-1.8:  To support the right of each child to play and learn in an inclusive environment that meets the needs of children with and without disabilities.

All children, regardless of ability, should learn together.  This is beneficial to the child with and without disabilities.  My daughter spent two years in a program where typically developing children were mixed with PPCD children.  It was a wonderful academic program, but it also taught her compassion for children who are      differently-abled.  I use this program as an example in my child development classes.

DEC Code of Ethics

3. We shall strive for the highest level of personal and professional competence by seeking and
using new evidence based information to improve our practices while also responding openly to
the suggestions of others.

I believe that life-long learning is imperative for personal and professional success.  We have so many resources available to us, it's hard not to stay current.  The key is putting this knowledge into practice.  Some of the best ideas and information comes from friends and colleagues.  We should always keep an open mind and be open to suggestions.