4a.   Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility 

Teachers understand local and global societal issues and responsibilities in an  evolving digital culture and exhibit legal and ethical behavior in their professional 
practices. Specifically, teachers  advocate, model, and teach safe, legal, and ethical use of digital information and technology, including respect for copyright, intellectual property, and the appropriate documentation of sources.


A person’s rights to the properties of his/her own mind forms the bases of all rights in a capitalistic society. If these rights are allowed to erode the bases of our capitalistic society will be in peril. In Capitalism: An Unknown Ideal, Ayn Ryan argues that Intellectual Property (!P) is to be protected but it can be done so only when ideas are in material form. “Inventions can be patented and copyrighted but not ideas. As a scholar we must all respect intellectual properties and repect the legal and ethical issues associated with this very bases of our western society. It this is allowed to erode what incentive will people have to continue to be inventive entrepreneurs? Teaching students to cite sources properly, teaching students the gravity of plagiarizing materials, and teaching students the ethical need to respect downloading laws will become important in the open access and open source digitized world.

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