We discuss many of them in our book, “The Moral Work of Teaching and Teacher Education.” It might involve a commitment to caring that’s more aligned with a framework for justice.
But whatever form that preparation takes, it should be purposeful, systematic, and thematically driven.
With many issues and challenges bombarding today’s education system, high-stakes testing among them, is the moral work of teaching getting overlooked?
Being a teacher is an inherently moral endeavor—but do enough educators truly understand the moral value of their work? Osguthorpe believes many do not, or at least not to the degree that is necessary.
Osguthorpe, dean of the College of Education at Boise State University, would like to see more teachers who understand the moral value of what they do and teacher education programs that are prepared to show them how.“I was amazed at how my day-to-day work went beyond just delivering content.
One way to encourage moral development is to teach children to play fairly.
They should understand that rules are important because of ethical reasons.
It could be as simple as developing a classroom that is caring or having their sense of fairness, justice, and caring infuse the process of grading.
Whether or not they can go into the classroom and impact the moral development of children, some would say, yes and some would say, no.
Very few of our teacher candidates described morality and moral development in terms related to care theories or relational theories.
We anticipated that more of them would suggest an affinity for practices that connected to an ethic of care, but hardly any of the teacher candidates mentioned caring in their responses.