Voice Of The People

Voice Of The People

Aug 18, 2014-

WALKING A TIGHT ROPE

As a teacher, I agree with the writer duo Dadhiram Khanal and Neeti Aryal Khanal who wish to see their open letter (‘Dear teachers,’ August 3, Page 6) to be the opening salvo for further conversation between teachers and parents/guardians regarding how teaching and teachers should be. The ideas they have expressed are ideal and hardly refutable. However, the article does not talk adequately about one particular area. They merely ask teachers to let children be ‘bad’ occasionally. It would have been very nice if the writers had elaborated on this. As such, the writers are at the risk of being ones to overlook the discipline issue. They have not even mentioned up to which level students should teachers be strict with, and strict to what degree. That is a very important issue because a well-functioning school and classroom cannot be conceived without discipline.

 While dealing with a child, we need varying levels of tolerance, depending on the child’s age and the situation we are dealing with. The approach with which we deal with children at the primary level is and should be significantly different from the way we interact with those in lower secondary and secondary levels. Nurture and tolerance works wonders among primary- level students. But lower secondary level kids, restless and curious almost by default, are in a transitional phase due to their age. And it is at this stage that we need to draw a clear line between being ‘bad’ occasionally and being disciplined. For instance, if you drop the formalities for a while and try to ‘amuse’ your students in the classroom, they are very likely to try to push the envelope and spoil the teaching and learning environment. It is like walking a tight rope and striking a balance between two contrasting things. So, the solution always lies in perpetual and effective communication between the school and parents. A concerted effort from both quarters would go a long way in doing justice to a child’s potential and sensibilities, and at the same time, safeguarding the morale of teachers—something that is always ignored along the way.

 Ganesh Poudel, Buddhanagar

Published: 19-08-2014 09:25

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