Language Development in Children


Module 1 Discussion
Using the NAEYC Code of Ethics (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Appendix A in your text) and the Code of Ethics and Standard

Practices for Texas Educators to support your ideas, discuss the ethical way to solve the tough problem described below. To receive full points for this

discussion topic, you should post a thorough response to the topic which includes citing at least 2 principles from the NAEYC Code of Ethics and at least 1

principle from the Texas Code of Ethics (see link above) to support your views.
It happens anywhere you find toddlers. Inevitably, you will have to tell a parent that her child has been bitten by another child. This time, it’s on the

face. It broke the skin, and it’s the fourth time this week! The parent is furious. She demands to know if it is the same child who has bitten each time

and exactly who is doing the biting. Your center’s policy is not to discuss a child’s behavior and development with other children’s parents. The parent

thinks that’s ridiculous, and, besides, she thinks she already knows who did it.
Parents’ viewpoint: The parents are very concerned about their child’s safety and emotional well-being. They are especially upset because they see no

improvement in the situation. They believe that the other child’s parents should control him or her better—or leave the center. “Why should the well-

behaved children suffer?” they ask. It is not easy to believe, they feel, that the director really respects parents’ rights, from the way everyone handled

this serious safety matter.
Teacher’s viewpoint: The teacher is frustrated. For weeks now he has been working with the biter’s parents and with other teachers to control the biting.

There is no easy answer, but everyone seems to turn to him to solve this problem. He feels blamed, belittled, and unappreciated. And, to make matters

worse, he isn’t 100% certain that the complaining parents are wrong.
Director’s viewpoint: The director understands how upsetting biting is for everyone—the biter, the bitten, and their families. She firmly believes that the

center is responsible for managing behavior in the group. However, it is also important to partner with all parents. While there is no totally satisfactory

solution, teachers and both sets of parents must work as a team if there is to be any progress. The director believes that her job is to uphold the policy

of child and family privacy, while promoting home-center partnerships. (This excerpt is taken from Using NAEYC’s Code of Ethics in Young Children, January,

1997, p. 54.)


Link to NAEYC Code of Ethics