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At its core, teaching is an inherently moral endeavor. It is so for two very basic reasons. First, teaching is founded on the relationship between a teacher and a student. Relations are in essence moral in nature; thus, the relational nature of teaching imbues it with moral significance. Second, teaching entails decisions and actions on the teacher’s part that influence the growth and well-being of others. Teachers seek to change those in their care for the better, that is, toward desirable ends.

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Because early childhood educators work so intimately with young children and families at significant times in their development, it is crucial that early childhood educators be aware of how their work is infused with moral significance and moral meanings, both for themselves as professionals ...

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