I Love it When Children Think for Themselves

July 24, 2014

I love it how this 7-year-old doesn’t let his high principles get muddied just because he is a child talking to a persuasive adult:

 

 

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Start Being Proactive When it Comes to Bullying

July 23, 2014

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You can understand why parents gloss over their children’s bullying issues. Our generation, and the ones before, had to deal with bullying in the most unpleasant of ways. We were instructed not to tell on the bully, but rather to stand up for ourselves or ignore them. Parents need to have the message reinforced that we know better now, and therefore should take these instances more seriously.

But what excuse do teachers and school administrators have? Remember, these are the same schools that are happy to parade their glossy brochures with lines like, “we offer a safe environment in which your child can thrive.”

They have no choice but to take an active role in ensuring that bullying doesn’t go unnoticed.

But many don’t.

There is a misconception among the wider community that nowadays schools are extremely proactive when it comes to bullying. Some are (I know mine is), but most are unfortunately extremely reactive. You see, the biggest concern for schools is not that they have cases of bullying within their grounds, but that they could potentially be sued for it.

That is why the methodology for many schools concerning this issue is to have a anti-bullying policy in place. This policy usually contains a pretty standard set of procedures a school must undertake when a case of bullying has been presented to them. As long as they follow the steps – no lawsuit.

But just wait a minute, I hear you asking. What is the motivation for a school to uncover bullying that hasn’t been reported to them?

And this is where we get to the crux of the problem.

Parents are not confronting the school and neither are students. School employees are happy to play the “as long as I don’t know about it, it must not exist” game, and thus, bullying continues to be rampant. Even when teachers do notice a possible bullying incident, they often find ways to dismiss it as a natural conflict rather than a case of bullying.

So I am not in the least bit surprised when I read articles like this one?:

 

If the thought of your child being bullied at school breaks your heart, then consider this – you might not even notice.

Analysis of a study of more than 4000 children has found parents and teachers often do not realise children are being bullied.

For more than half of the children who said they had been bullied, their parents were either not aware or did not consider the actions were bullying, research from the Australian Institute of Family Studies shows.

And the vast majority of teachers – four out of five – did not report the child had been a victim of bullying, suggesting they need more training on how to respond.

One in three 10-year-olds said they had been bullied in Australian schools, the research found.

Being bullied at a young age was a sad precursor of things to come, with one in seven children persistently bullied or picked on throughout their entire school life.

“One of the obstacles to adults understanding is that parents and teachers dismiss teasing or name calling or put downs as normal or harmless,’’ researcher Jodie Lodge said.

“Bullying is not a normal behaviour, it’s not just part of growing up, it is a serious concern.”

When children do talk to their parents about it they need to be listened to, otherwise they start to doubt their own feelings and views, Dr Lodge said.

I suggest parents and teachers share this film with their kids. It is the best resource around at defining bullying, offering advice on how to deal with common incidents and suggest when students should handle issues on their own and when it is best to get the teacher involved.
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10-Year-Old’s Marriage Advice to His Teacher

July 22, 2014

Absolutely priceless:

 

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Another Brutal Corporal Punishment Incident (Video)

July 21, 2014

 

As if torturing these kids weren’t enough, the fact that they were blind children makes it seem even more inhumane and brutal. Those involved should be jailed for a very long time:

In a shocking incident from the town of Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh, a video has surfaced showing some visually-impaired children being beaten by their school principal and another unknown person. The children can be seen and heard screaming, begging to be spared in the video.

While the children plead, the teacher is seen caning them mercilessly.

A case has been registered and both the accused have been taken into custody. The state’s Child Rights Commission has said that it will separately investigate the case.

 

 

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The Science of Parenting

July 19, 2014

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18 Tips For Getting the Best Out of Your Students

July 17, 2014

Courtesy of teachthought.com:

 

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If My School Approved of Corporal Punishment I Would Resign Instantly

July 16, 2014

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Corporal punishment in schools is a horrible idea!

Not only is it demeaning and degrading to children (the very children we are served with the responsibility to protect and nurture), but in my view, teachers do not even deserve the trust that goes with such a task.

There is an idealised notion in the wider community that all teachers act with the best interests of their students. I wish this were true. Sadly, it isn’t. Some teachers, a minority but still enough to make you worry, think very selfishly when it comes to administering consequences for student infractions. They just want whatever and whoever is bothering them to go away, the pain or discomfort inflicted on the child is an afterthought at best.

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If corporal punishment was allowed, the very best teachers would refuse to practice it. Some of those that would implement it would inevitably include tired and worn out teachers, low on patience and with a distinct anger problem. These teachers are incapable of administering punishment properly whether by force or any other means, but especially by force.

I’m sick of the radicalisation of education! Why does it have to be a case of hit the child or spoil the child? Why can’t we seize the middle ground and offer a school experience that is positive and vibrant, that makes each child feel valued for who they are and who they can become, but at the same time build high expectations for proper behaviour and attitude?

I think the thoughts of Dr. Donnelly (a man whose views I often agree with) are quite regressive and disappointing:

 

The head of the Abbott government’s national curriculum review has backed the use of corporal punishment for ill-disciplined children in schools if it is supported by the local school community.

Kevin Donnelly, co-chair of the national curriculum review and a widely published commentator on educational issues, said on Tuesday that corporal punishment was effective during his childhood and still has some merit.

“What would you, as you’ve been involved with this for so long, describe as the best punishment you can come across even if it is one that has gone away?” asked 2UE host Justin Smith. “I’m not alluding to the strap here. I don’t think you would ever resort to that. You would never advocate bringing that back surely?”

Dr Donnelly responded by saying, “Well” followed by a pause – an answer that surprised Mr Smith.

Dr Donnelly continued: “I grew up in Broadmeadows, a housing commission estate in Melbourne, and we had a Scottish phys-ed teacher.

“Whenever there were any discipline problems he would actually take the boy behind the shed and say, ‘We can either talk about this or you can throw the first punch’.

“That teacher would probably lose his job now but it was very effective. He only had to do it once and the kids were pretty well behaved for the rest of the year.”

Dr Donnelly went on to say “those days are gone”. But questioned further on the merits of corporal punishment, he said: “If the school community is in favour of it then I have got no problem if it’s done properly.

 

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Sousa’s Techniques to Build Self-Esteem

July 15, 2014

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I agree with nearly all these tips, especially the first one which is absolutely crucial from my experience. However, I do not advise teachers to shake their students’ hands. It is not appropriate and I would recommend teachers should desist from doing it.

 

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Failure is Part of Success

July 14, 2014

 

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Stay Away From You Students’ Facebook Pages

July 13, 2014

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I know there is a strong argument that Twitter and Facebook are potentially wonderful tools for education, where the teacher can drive education, using the social media outlet that their students are so attached to.

But like with so many different areas, the worst individuals spoil it for everyone else.

In today’s day and age teachers should steer clear from communicating with their students on social media. It is just not appropriate. The fact that some teachers use it for good, is not a convincing argument. It is the few teachers that use for the evil that makes it imperative for teachers to give such contact a wide berth.

It’s stories like this that make it impossible for fair-minded teachers to friend a student on Facebook:

A teacher has been banned from the classroom after a disciplinary body found that he swore in front of pupils and made sexually suggestive and inappropriate remarks to them.

William Richard Jones, who was head of art at Ysgol Friars, a high school at Bangor, Gwynedd, was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct following a hearing by the General Teaching Council for Wales.

Jones, who was friends with some of his pupils on Facebook, had inappropriate social contact with them and 10 of 11 allegations against him were proven.

Jones admitted that he commented on a photograph of a pupil on Facebook, writing: ‘Beautiful! I wish I was 34 years younger :-)xxxxx.’

And a second pupil said Mr Jones told her she looked ‘gorgeous’ in a photo she had on her mobile phone.

 

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