A Teacher’s Code of Conduct

The external teacher offers only the suggestion which rouses the internal teacher to work to understand things.- Swami Vivekananda

No one was ever really taught by another;each of us has to teach himself.

We agree that no rules or codes can guarantee a change in behavior or character or ensure a teache r’s personal integrity. However, we are convinced that a written code will serve as a reminder about the great responsibility vested with the teachers- that of molding the young minds of this great democracy so that they become her worthy citizens.

The Code, in line with the vision of Swami Vivekananda, seeks to motivate the teachers to impart the kind of education he dreamt of. In his words:

“We want that education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded and by which one can stand on one’s own feet.”

The Code encompasses the various attributes of character- truthfulness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and service orientation.

Our belief that the Code will serve the purpose vests on two of its positives- i) it will be a self-imposed Code; and ii)the detailed Guidance to Practice which is appended to the ode makes it ‘doable’; otherwise, we would have had to depend only on the power of positive thinking and the power of affirmations!

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