Code of Conduct: Education Special Forces

I have been inspired by listening to a presentation recently comparing the Code of Conduct of the Special Forces of the United States Military to Catholicism.  In reflecting on how deep this analogy hit me, I considered that I can plausibly apply this code of conduct, not only to my faith but also, to my role as father, husband, and teacher.

I have manipulated some of the language of the SF code of conduct to apply to my own life as an educator.  This is a very powerful way to look at my role as educator.

Humor me, and yourself, and read this as I have manipulated it. Click the link above to see the original SF Code of Conduct.

I am teacher, fighting in the forces to educate for my country and our way of life. I am prepared to share my talents and knowledge in their defense.I will never surrender my values, ethics, or beliefs of my own free will. If in command, I will never surrender my colleagues or fellow educators of my command while they still have the means to make a difference.

If I am captured by the spiraling cloud of negativity and pessimism, I will continue to make a difference by all means available. I will make every effort to escape those who want me to fail and to aid others to escape. I will accept neither parole nor special favors from those that no longer believe.

If I become a prisoner of discouragement, I will keep faith with my fellow prisoners. I will give no information or take part in any action which might be harmful to my colleagues. If I am senior, I will take command. If not, I will obey the lawful orders of those appointed over me and will back them up in every way.

When questioned, should I become a prisoner of discouragement, I am required to give name, rank, service number, and date of birth. I will evade answering further questions to the utmost of my ability. I will make no oral or written statements disloyal to my profession and its allies or harmful to their cause.

I will never forget that I am an American educator, fighting for the success of my students, responsible for my actions, and dedicated to the principles which education has been founded upon. I will trust in my God and in the educational system of which I am proud, working member.

It’s a powerful way to look at your profession.  We need to make a difference, to the best of our ability in any capacity we are in, each and every day of our lives.  Today, make a difference, share your talents, and be loyal to your values, ethics, and beliefs.


About jpsteltz

Proud husband and father of four; Literacy Specialist; Reading Teacher; Literacy Coach; HS ELA Teacher; Published Author
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4 Responses to Code of Conduct: Education Special Forces

  1. mrsl330 says:

    As the wife and mother of proud soldiers who have both been deployed, I take this oath seriously. I LIKE what you have done with it for teachers. I often feel embattled..with parents, with colleagues, with those that are afraid of change. Thanks for a shot in the arm!


    • jsteltz says:

      Thank you so much for taking the time to read it. Something like this can help us get through those hard days.

      I appreciate your contribution here and the recognition of the significance of what this code says.


  2. Denise Sims says:

    I love this article and I plan to use it during inservice training.

    Liked by 1 person

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