It is common knowledge that teachers are some of the most stressed professionals. They face abuse of various kinds on a daily basis and this is having a profound impact on an education system that is already struggling. In addition, and perhaps even more worrying is the steady increase in incidents of disrespect shown toward teachers by the learners.
It is time for parents to step in and up to help rectify the problem before it becomes completely unmanageable. According to Cindy Glass, founder of Step Up Education Centres, education is the root of success.
“It is an essential tool that could change the face of poverty and other challenges that face our country at this time. The benefits of a good education can never be underestimated and ensuring that learners respect their teachers is an essential and most necessary step if we are to make positive progress in learning,” she explains. Glass shares some tips to help your child learn to respect their teacher.
Be the example
Your child needs your guidance and assistance in learning the value of respecting self and others. It is important to remember that our children are likely to do what we do, rather than what we say. Encourage respect of teachers by respecting your child’s teachers. Avoid teacher-bashing conversations and seek to find positive solutions to challenges that present themselves.
Teachers are human too. They have an enormous responsibility to assist your child in becoming the best version of themselves. Teachers make mistakes. Disrespectful comments and abusive behaviours are not the solution. Open communication is needed to find ways of assisting both parties in achieving the desired outcomes in learning.
We need to teach our children to own their mistakes and choices rather than blaming others for their shortfalls. Taking frustrations out on their teachers only exasperates their difficulties whereas they could find wisdom and assistance with their teacher instead. Learners need to recognise that challenges are a part of growth and learning. They need to seek the help they need without a show of disrespect to anyone.
Show of character
Disrespect reflects their character, not the teachers. Teach your children that disrespecting and abusing teachers is an indication of who they are, not of who their teachers are. Negative behavioural choices reflect on the giver, not the receiver. It is a clear indication that the person does not respect and honour themselves.
It certainly does not engender admiration from his peers. Seek to develop positive self-respect and self-value in your children and this will ensure that they give the same to others.