If you’ve ever seen the Channel 4 comedy Teachers then you might understand why the GTCE is considering implimenting a ‘role model’ code. But is this really needed or necessary? Yes, role models are influential, especially in the earlier years of childrens’ development, but shouldn’t they be allowed a private life?
Teachers are set to get a ‘role model’ code outlining what behaviour is seen as ‘acceptable’ both in and out of school. We could face losing our status if we get drunk and into arguments while out socialising, or do not get help for drink or drug problems if a draft GTCE code it approved.
Obviously, as we know from Behaviourist theories like Social Learning Theory (SLT) that children are impressionable and will, if given the right environment and resinforcement immitate behaviours which they see ‘role models’ doing; but are we taking this ‘code of conduct’ too far?
Some of the comments from the BBC News website highlight this:
“Teachers are human beings. Their private lives should not be the subject of scrutiny by anybody”
“Isn’t the principle of teachers as role models common sense? If a teacher falls too far short of this, they are probably better suited to a different career. It’s insulting that teachers are told something so basic, after all their more advanced training and experience. Wouldn’t the government’s budget be better spent dealing with real educational issues, rather than formalising and drafting policies for common sense?”
What are your thoughts on this? Should teachers have a ‘code of conduct’ that dictates what behaviours are seen as appropriate or should it be left to individual teachers to understand the important role they play in childrens’ lives?