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Do No Harm

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"Do no harm" It was always my intention and ambition as a teacher to honour the basic tenant of the Hippocratic Oath:“Do no harm.”It sounds simple enough, and I assume most teachers feel as I do, but for people with sadistic impulses the classroom must seem like a tempting playground.Since the oath was intended for doctors, much of what it proposes would not apply to teachers, but even some of its tenants like honouring gods and mentors, not using a knife on patients, and not providing abortions seem odd promises even for ancient Greek doctors.On the other hand, the proscription of having sex with patients or revealing their confidences could and should also be applied to teachers with their students.(These proscriptions, in my mind, go hand and in hand, and will be discussed in a future post.)


"Spare the rod and spoil the child" But I’ve never been able to get passed the basic “Do no harm.”It is a burden and a challenge for any teacher once you start thinking about…