TEACHER: A MODEL OF THE COM­MU­NITY

Sun.Star Pampanga - - PERSPECTIVE! -

BABY AILEEN M. ROMERO

A teacher with char­ac­ter shows that up­right­ness is a val­ued pos­ses­sion. Teach­ers with char­ac­ter serve as role mod­els for telling the truth, re­spect­ing oth­ers, ac­cept­ing and ful­fill­ing responsibilities, play­ing fair, earn­ing and re­turn­ing trust, and liv­ing a moral life. They should model the im­por­tance of en­gag­ing in a life­long quest to do the harder right, rather than the eas­ier wrong.

Teach­ers with char­ac­ter teach their stu­dents that in­di­vid­u­als make eth­i­cally prin­ci­pled de­ci­sions through the moral-rea­son­ing process. They can help their stu­dents know what their val­ues are, be­lieve in these val­ues as an es­sen­tial part of who they are, and live their life in align­ment with these val­ues. Teach­ers can play a vi­tal role in help­ing stu­dents learn and ap­ply a moral-rea­son­ing process.

Lessons learned in­side the class­room and through teacher-stu­dent in­ter­ac­tions out­side of the class­room should be based on virtues. In­tegrity, hon­esty, trust, fair­ness, re­spect and re­spon­si­bil­ity should de­pict teach­ers in their re­la­tion­ships with stu­dents. Teach­ers with char­ac­ter deal hon­or­ably with stu­dents in a truth­ful way, fos­ter communal faith and rev­er­ence with and among stu­dents, treat oth­ers du­ti­fully by be­liev­ing in the in­trin­sic self-worth of ev­ery person, and per­form their ac­count­abil­i­ties in morally re­spon­si­ble ways. Hu­man­ity is best served when teach­ers teach and model, and stu­dents de­velop, char­ac­ter and moral virtues.

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The au­thor is SST III at Pam­panga High School

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