What Legal And Ethical Responsibilities Do Teachers Have?

The Significance of Ethics and Ethics Education in Daily Life

The following is a Ted Talk video focusing on ethics by Michael D. Burroughs. Although we might not realize it, we all face ethical issues on a regular basis. But how do we know how to respond well to these issues, to make better (as opposed to worse) ethical decisions? In this TEDx talk Dr. Michael D. Burroughs discusses the numerous kinds of ethical issues we face, possibilities for increasing our ethical awareness as “everyday ethicists,” and the importance of introducing ethics and philosophical education in our schools. Dr. Burroughs also discusses the role of ethics in the lives of children and ways in which adults can attempt to understand and learn from children in ethical discussions. If the video does not show up below you can view it on YouTube by clicking this link.

Idaho Teacher Code of Ethics

This is a link to the State of Idaho Educators Code of Ethics

What is morality?

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy discusses morality in depth. The question of the definition of morality is the question of identifying the target of moral theorizing. Identifying this target enables us to see different moral theories as attempting to capture the very same thing. In this way, the distinction between a definition of morality and a moral theory parallels the distinction John Rawls (1971: 9) drew between the general concept of justice and various detailed conceptions of it. Rawls’ terminology, however, suggests a psychological distinction, and also suggests that many people have conceptions of justice. But the definition/theory distinction is not psychological, and only moral theorists typically have moral theories. To read the full article click this link


The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy discusses ethics in depth. The field of ethics (or moral philosophy) involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong behavior. Philosophers today usually divide ethical theories into three general subject areas: metaethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics. Metaethics investigates where our ethical principles come from, and what they mean. Are they merely social inventions? Do they involve more than expressions of our individual emotions? To read the full article click this link.

Domain Based Moral Education

The site Domain Based Moral Education focused a section on Moral Education in OUSD Middle-School History Classes. The DBME lab is currently working with history teacher leaders in the Oakland Unified School District in Oakland, California to implement original lessons that integrate concepts from moral development with academic content. Teachers engaged in a collaborative lesson study process and observed each other in the classroom. To learn more and watch the video click this link.

Why People Do Bad Things

Here a psychologist and a mortgage broker who committed large-scale fraud try to figure out why respectable people commit fraud. Click to access the podcast.

Why People Do Bad Things