Is it right to mention a student as a bad example?
September 18, 2008 4:44am CST
I have encountered a situation wherein a teacher reminds her students to behave well in studying. But then, in that situation, she mentioned a name of a student who seems to her an example not to follow. In that case, do you think it gives justice to that certain student? Will there be an appropriate action for that? What could happen for that teacher?
• United Kingdom
29 Sep 08
I am a primary school teacher and I am used to teaching children from 5 to 7 years old. I suggest mentioning a child's name and saying something positive about them. If I said something negative it might harm their self esteem. I have mentioned the accidents might happen and told children that this did happen to others that they know. Like one girl rocked back on her chair and fell off on the floor. Another girl by accident cut herself with a pair of scissors. I think that a head teacher might get complaints from the parent of a child that is used as a poor example. The teacher might be asked not to be so negative.
• United States
22 Sep 08
What a horrible thing to do! A teacher must never hurt a student, and that doesn't mean just physically! Our job is to help kids grow, and humiliating them hinders growth. A teacher who does that should never be allowed to work with kids!
• United States
21 Sep 08
It is so very sad that teacher trainingg curriculums and educational institutions do not stress the importance nor enforce the fact that teaching requires some people skills. Teachers seem to have so much confusion about their full role and responsibility to the process of their students growth. There needs to be a mandatory course of teacher self-development and self-esteem. How is it that teacher is able to demean, humiliate, or shame one student in order to get the cooperation of another. That teacher has shown that he or she feels helpless in their ability to modify behavior in that student. Where is the examples of love, compassion, and guidance needed to form healthy relationships. Oops, I guess one cannot give fully to others what has not been given to them. And that's too bad. It is not fault of the student that your life is messy!