kheru2006 (kheru2006) wrote,

Need for better classroom management

I REFER to the letter “Don’t throw sandal, throw him out of class” (The Star, March 30).

I am obliged to ask what the writer does to adults who talk and disrupt his training sessions? Does he throw them out?

Does he know that he is only “escaping” from the problem and that it will persist. In other words, there is no learning at all.

In the case of the teacher who threw a sandal at the seven-year-old child, I believe she should re-evaluate her choice of career. She should at the very least take up a course in anger management.

In the first three months of the 2012 school term, there have been five cases of school children being abused by their teachers on the pretext of discipline. A teacher was also charged and jailed for the murder of a seven-year-old and there are at least two cases of sexual assault of school children by teachers.

Doesn’t the writer see that these cases might be just the tip of the iceberg?

Former South African president Nelson Mandela said: “We owe our children – the most vulnerable citizens in any society – a life free from violence and fear.” Let our schools be cradles of learning and let our teachers practise better classroom management.


The STAR Home News Opinion Sunday April 1, 2012

Tags: disiplin, education

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