Isn’t it strange how there could be such a thing as ethics continuing education at all? I mean, isn’t there such a thing as common decency, an innate sense of fair play that’s native to us human beings? Does anyone really need to be taught right from wrong — especially the highly salaried professionals such as are normally subject to continuing education requirements? Apparently: no, no, and yes.
Like anything else, practice makes perfect. But with practice goes theory — which is where the “ethics” and “continuing education” come together. It’s important to remind everyone what is expected of them, what should be expected of them. It’s important that each profession, whether it be medicine, the law, or accountancy, strictly hold its members responsible for how they execute their duties, taking care not to sully the field by their negligence or misconduct. No, these things don’t come naturally, and so yes, they are necessary.