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Teachers Never Stop Learning Ways to Teach
A Declaration of
In 1990 Ken Goodman published “A Declaration of
Professional Conscience for Teachers” as a front piece of the book
The Whole Language Catalog, edited with Yetta Goodman and Lois
Bridges. Two decades later we encouraged Ken to take another look at
the Declaration and to add an addendum. The work of teachers remains
crucial in the lives of learners, but the political environment
typically fails to acknowledge teachers for their professional
commitment and their professional competence.
In 2010, the “Save Our Schools March
& National Call to Action” adopted Ken’s Declaration as the statement of
beliefs of teachers regarding basic principles of good teaching. Our
hope is that teachers everywhere will take to heart the message in the
document. It deserves to be read aloud whenever teachers gather. Read
it together. Listen to your colleagues.
Your voices need to be heard.
Kenneth Goodman’s document, A Declaration of Professional
Conscience for Teachers, details the ethical responsibilities of
teachers and provides a comprehensive view of education as a human
enterprise.It should be studied by every
teacher and those preparing to be teachers.This
document reminds us that the first duty of teachers is to our
students, not political or corporate interests.
Yvonne Siu-Runyan, Ph.D.
President, National Council Teachers of English (2010-2011)
Professor Emerita, University of Northern Colorado
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