ASPEN – The Frôceuse government has published legislation that seeks to impose a standardized code of ethics on teachers throughout the micronation’s various public and private educational institutions.
The legislation, released on September 15th by the Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports, Edouard de Trance, is based on a perception that the current informal system for ensuring ethical conduct is inadequate. “‘Do this but do it the way you want’ is not without ‘and then, when it comes down to it, do it if you like,” Trance said, suggesting that self-policing by the profession will not always protect the interests of the student.
While not establishing a comprehensive code, the legislation would nonetheless impose a minimum standard of ethics for teachers that would be enforceable by the courts. That minimum standard would require teachers to refrain from infusing course material with irrelevant personal beliefs, to grade students fairly, and to follow approved instructional methods under the law, among other provisions.
While it has been largely positively received, the Deputy Mayor of Tosla-les-Bains, Bastien Pommier, took particular offence to the proposal, suggesting that the imposition of a code of ethics is an insult to teachers. “Do you really think that teachers of our Republic are not aware of their mission, without imposing a charter or oath?” Pommier asked rhetorically.
The implication by Pommier that the legislation was heavy-handed was quickly dismissed by Trance, who suggested that the code of ethics would simply serve to protect teachers legally.