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  •  Your post is a great counter attack to recent Wall (1+ / 0-)
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    Street Journal article in praise of the "strict" teachers. WSJ claimed that even in "worst LA school districts" the strictest disciplinarians were "the most successful."

    First WSJ did not define what "success" was. Did WSJ account for students who quit or transferred because the teacher scared/discouraged the students?

    I believe your approach is so much more effective. People change their attitudes and behaviors when they feel loved and respected.

    The WSJ found a lot of former students to praise the teachers who never smiled, praised infrequently, were bluntly honest and who held high standards. However, we're looking at a nation of woefully uneducated people, compared to other industrialized nations. To me, the biggest drawback of the "strict" teacher is their creating more adults who remember the trauma, but who do not like or enjoy learning. Understandable for a traumatic experience.

    I'm not sure the average lay person knows what good education looks like. The drill sergeant approach may be memorable, but do they know how/what/why they found an interest in a subject, a lifelong engagement and curiosity in a field of study?

    So BRAVO to you!! I believe you're doing more than just thrilling yourself with advanced intimidation techniques; you're drawing young minds into a love of and appreciation for lifelong learning! Godspeed.

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