Educational Code of Ethics

1. We shall honor and respect the diverse backgrounds of our colleagues including such diverse
characteristics as sexual orientation, race, national origin, religious beliefs, or other affiliations.

Respecting equity and diversity in the workplace is essential. Everyone has the same rights in the workplace and their differences need to be valued and acknowledged. As educators we should always exhibit respect for others.

2. We shall continually be aware of issues challenging the field of early childhood special education
and advocate for changes in laws, regulations, and policies leading to improved outcomes and services for young children with disabilities and their family.

I am an advocate to help parents understand that they are often the best educational advocates for their children, especially children with a learning disability. True advocacy is a positive process, which should build children’s strengths and challenges. When parents and teachers advocate together a positive educational, social, and mental change will take place in your child’s life. As educators and administrators we are responsible in keeping abreast of legislation, public policy and new trends in education that will improve and promote positive outcomes for children.

3. We shall respect families’ rights to choose or refuse early childhood special education or related services.

Parents have a fundamental right to direct the education of their children, including the right to choose a private school and work with a team of teachers to develop an IEP for their child. The Equal Education Opportunities Act of 1974 provides that no state shall deny equal educational opportunities to an individual on the basis of race, color, sex, disability, or national origin. I am a supporter of the legislation. Too many students are labeled too early as special needs students. I have encountered several students who were tagged special needs that are now lawyers, doctors, and teachers. Some students need more time and patience. Educators should give them the time. If you do not have the time, maybe you have chosen the wrong field of study.

Memorable Expression: Advocacy is not about you, but about others who need a voice. Renatta M. Cooper

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6 thoughts on “Educational Code of Ethics

  1. Birdie,
    These ideas that you selected are very fitting based on some of your previous discussions. You appear to be very concerned with the rights of special needs children. Testing and diagnosing children early in life also appear to be a passion of yours. Correct me if I am wrong. Your advocacy for the children who have less of a voice is apparent.

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    • La Vette,
      You are right about my passion for assessments and evaluations of early learners.
      It is crucial that we get it right. My passion and the need for a voice for early learners started at an early age for me. Have you heard of an educator named Marva N. Collins? I watched the Movie and read her biography. She believed children should have more than an “acceptable education.” Mrs.Collins’s passion led her to open her own school in her home. She took in learning disabled and retarded students that were labeled in public school. At the end of just one year these students scored five grades higher. One of the students that was labeled retarded graduate from college Summa Cum Laude. This was documented on 60 Minutes in 1996. I never forgot that story, nor Mrs. Collins. I do not have a choice but to advocate for early learners. I must be the “voice” when needed. Check it out if you get a chance.

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  2. My hats off to you Birdie. Special education is a challenging field, there are difficulties that as teachers we face and find ourselves advocating for our students. While working directly with parents who are needing support. I have had some experiences seeing children in my classroom diagnosed with ADHA and there have been some cases where I feel the child has been misdiagnosed and placed on medication. This does not allow the child to discover the gifts within.

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  3. Thanks Nydia,
    Parents are the ones who need us most. Sometimes they do not know where to go for help. As educators we need to focus on our parents and children. The parents need a voice too.

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  4. 2. We shall continually be aware of issues challenging the field of early childhood special education and advocate for changes in laws, regulations, and policies leading to improved outcomes and services for young children with disabilities and their family.

    This code is very important. it reminds me that I must continue to do research on the field and stay abreast on the issues. this would then allow me to advocate more and or better.

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