CFTU Teacher Code of Conduct & Ethics
With some minor modifications the the CFTU has adopted the basic NEA code, but due to cultural differences, amended it accordingly. The below was reviewed and unanimously passed (5-0 vote) by our board of directors on October 7, 2011 and further amended November 24th, 2012 (4-1 vote) after reviewing the tragic death of Qingdao student Liu Xiaoao. Clauses in blue indicate our amendments.
Commitment to the Student
1. Shall not unreasonably restrain the student from independent action in the pursuit of learning.
2. Shall not unreasonably deny the student's access to varying points of view.
3. Shall not deliberately suppress or distort subject matter relevant to the student's progress.
4. Shall at all times be aware that you are a role model to those you teach and give positive feedback and encouragment whenever possible and deserved.
5. Shall not intentionally expose the student to embarrassment or disparagement.
6. Shall not on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, national origin, marital status, political or religious beliefs, family, social or cultural background, or sexual orientation, unfairly;
- Exclude any student from participation in any program
- Deny benefits to any student
- Grant any advantage to any student
8. Shall not disclose information about students obtained in the course of professional service unless disclosure serves a compelling professional purpose or is required by law.
9. Shall not tolerate any incidence of bullying or other form of intimidation by immediately notifying both the parents and headmaster immediately upon discovery.
10. Shall make reasonable efforts to safeguard the health and safety of students while directly under your supervision.
Commitment to the Profession
1. Shall not in an application for a professional position deliberately make a false statement or fail to disclose a material fact related to competency and qualifications.
2. Shall not misrepresent his/her professional qualifications.
3. Shall not assist any entry into the profession of a person known to be unqualified in respect to character, education, or other relevant attribute.
4. Shall not knowingly make a false statement concerning the qualifications of a candidate for a professional position.
5. Shall not assist a non-educator in the unauthorized practice of teaching.
6. Shall not disclose information about colleagues obtained in the course of professional service unless disclosure serves a compelling professional purpose or is required by law.
7. Shall not knowingly make false or malicious statements about a colleague.
8. Shall not accept any monetary gift, or favor that might impair or appear to influence professional decisions or action. Traditional gifts of the Chinese cultural may be accepted during festive holidays provided their value does not exceed 1,000 yuan, and gifts are accepted without any obligations or expected favoritism.
9. Shall not use profanity, smoke, nor consume alcohol while on school grounds nor in the presence of students.
10. Shall at all times during working hours, act and dress professionally and punctually attend to your classroom duties and administrative support meetings.
It is our sincere hope that every teacher in China, especially CFTU members will adopt the above code as their own and discipline themselves accordingly.