What are some of the characteristic traits and value systems a good teacher must have?
The following traits include trustworthiness, honesty, integrity, promise keeping, respect, responsibility, caring, sharing, justice, fairness, civic virtue, and citizenship. These are goals and fine reasons why we pursue teaching true ethics in the schools. It helps us to enhance and solve conflict situations and situations that affect others. It allows behavior change to be a key in the child’s life.
Universal Values are core beliefs or desires that guide or motivate most peoples’ attitudes and actions. They define the things that we valve and prize the most and provide the basis for ranking the things we want in a way that elevates some value over others.
However, trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship — become the six key core ethical values we need! Using core ethical values are the basis for ethical thinking which can help detect situations where we focus so hard on upholding one value that we sacrifice another. We are loyal to friends and so do not always tell the truth about their actions.
Thus, trustworthiness concerns a variety of behavioral qualities — honesty, integrity, reliability and loyalty. We will find out more about these behavioral qualities with trustworthiness in Part 2 next week.