Should Teachers be Held Accountable For Students Behavior?
Teachers aren’t expected to perfect every aspect of their students’ behavior just by showing up on school premises. But when it comes to the key component of a good student-teacher relationship, should the teacher be held accountable if they tend to let the student down when he or she is acting out on the inside?
Todays article suggests that they should be held accountable if they resist looking after that connection by ignoring students who are being disrespectful, disrespectful, or moody. In doing so, the teacher might be failing to exercise a supervisory influence over a child, but that’s a subject for another day!
This topic raises more questions than it answers – as a consequence of this piece, there’s a whole slew of finger-pointing happening on social media and e-mail correspondence among the educators. So here’s the bottom line: Should teachers be held accountable for how students behave, or are they simply doing their job?
First off, you should know that the teacher/student bond is pretty solid. Studies have shown that teachers treat students in their classroom with the same concern as the world does. While this might seem counter-intuitive, it should come as no surprise. It would be expected that if a student who attended school with the teacher in her classroom has trouble getting along, then the reason would be he was being put in a social environment with a person who is of a different personality and temperament.
Some might argue that teachers need to be tougher on their students, but if this is done to the detriment of the student, then the teacher is only hurting the student more than expected. A close up look at the situation reveals that the student is acting out because of the relationship the student has with his teacher. What is being taught in the classroom – a different way of doing something, learning how to do something in a different way – is a major part of these behaviors, and if the student doesn’t get an environment that encourages him to, than the behaviors will develop.
On the other hand, if the teacher isn’t guiding the student in that manner, then that child should be the one to look at his teacher and speak to him directly. Students can choose to shut down and not deal with their problems, especially when a good relationship with the teacher in their classroom is not being fostered.
Could being held accountable for a student’s character possibly cause a lot of stress and strain between a student and a teacher? Of course. The teacher might feel that the student is trying to do him dirty by constantly taking him down, so that extra pressure could drive the student in the opposite direction.
The teacher might feel discouraged and relieved if the student has one more behavior pattern that he doesn’t like. All of this could result in an unbalanced relationship between the student and the teacher, and maybe a need for even more supervision.
Of course, the teacher needs to balance the maturity of the student – a teaching philosophy of holding a child accountable to his or her behavior might be what could solve the problem, but not at the price of it turning into an unhealthy, unhappy relationship between the student and the teacher. It’s essential that teachers and students both learn and understand each other’s unique personality types, but this process of getting to know each other should not be how the teacher expects the student to work.
They also need to address the anger issues and the animosity that the child may have. Sometimes a student could decide to take an action in school because the teacher has let him down – a similar situation to parents at home who might argue with the teacher and in an attempt to make the teacher see sense, the parent seeks retribution from the child by taking him to the principal’s office, or the parent starts to become more and more disruptive in the classroom.
If the teacher is trying to teach the child a lesson, then why would that lesson be teaching the student to mess up?
If the parent is trying to teach the child a lesson, then why would that lesson be teaching the child to mess up? It should be the other way around, but students understand that parents make mistakes, just like the teachers do. So it’s perfectly acceptable for parents to let off steam in a way that’s completely appropriate and beneficial to the child.
Parents may have additional insight and say, “Look, what you’re doing, especially to your mom or dad, is disturbing, and if you want to teach your child a lesson and make him see the error of his ways, then let him see your parent frustration and do you any kind of irrational thing that may lead to the child doing something similarly rash.” Then the student will learn what not to do, because he can’t affect his parent