Topic Objectives


  • Define and discuss the difference between laws and ethics in teaching
  • Review Idaho Teacher Code of Ethics
  • Introduce and evaluate ethics and moral expectations of a community
  • Introduce ethical orientations: Egoism, Utilitarianism, Kantian, Divine Command Theory and Virtue ethics
  • Provide examples of some ethical and legal problems that teachers commonly face, and explain how to think about resolving them
  • Terms to introduce include: due process, liability, copyright, religion in the classroom, lifestyle choices, and academic freedom
  • Introduce students’ rights within due process, corporal punishment, free speech and access to their own school records