A Moral Code for Teachers?
China recently celebrated Teacher’s Day, a day when students and their parents are given the chance to show their gratitude to teachers, usually by sending them gifts or cards. However, there has been considerable controversy surrounding teachers and their behavior in recent years. In response to this issue, Beijing’s Dongcheng District is set to issue a ‘morality code‘. This policy will place restrictions on certain disciplinary methods used by teachers. Any teacher not following the code will risk losing their job.
These disciplinary methods are thought to have been used in schools here for some time, but slowly they are being increasingly viewed as problematic. Unfortunately, some of the teachers employed take their methods a too far and recent instances of physical and verbal abuse have placed the profession in a bad light and caused a public outcry both in China and, in some cases, the rest of the world.