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Thank you for your perspective on the issue of ethics and our role as
teachers. I have been a community college teacher for twenty years, and
have witnessed a steady decline in ethics in the classroom. The
students have a sense of entitlement that never ceases to amaze me. The
scenarios range from rude to outright lying and stealing right in front
of me, then denying everything. They always turn it around to be the
teacher's fault, and seldom take responsibility for their own actions.
These are adults!
I was in my office looking for a book, found it missing, and announced
to the student waiting that one of the other teachers must have borrowed
the book. A voice from the class said "I have it." That student had
gone into my office, taken a book from the shelf, and was using it at
her drafting table. She never asked to use the book, nor did she ask
permission to go into my office. I told all the class that no one has
permission to go into my office without my approval. The student
immediately marched over to the Dean of Students to file a complaint
against me because she felt I personally attacked her.
I have a zillion stories like this, and they keep getting more
outrageous as the years go on. One would think that as the teaching
years go by, I would become more "seasoned," and less amazed at the
fortitude of these students. No, I am just getting more saddened by the
lack of accountability, responsibility, and ethics.
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