Teaching and control (from Ray Bennett 2000.09.10.2100)

Rick wrote
Yes. Though they may never have to use force or get into an
active conflict. The job of the teacher is to teach. To do
this, the teacher must control certain aspects of the kids’
behavior; the teacher must keep the kids in class, being quiet,
working on their lessons, not disturbing other kids. What I
have described is the reference state for a teachers’ perceptions
of student behavior. I think they are good reference states.
Are you saying here that a good classroom is one that is quiet?
What do you see as the reason that in some classes there are few
disturbances while in others there are many? Does it have to do with the
reference state for the teacher or the reference state of the students?

Competition is being touted by Governments as being good for schools.
Our Government is one. Not only good for schools but also good for students.
Schools are being compared on the basis of tests administered each year.
Students are being compared on the results of the test. Is this a way of
controlling others? What help do you (& any others reading this)see
competition as having? Students are not being given a choice as to whether
they are part of the competition. Neither are the schools. Of course there
is the idea that if the kitchen is too hot then get out of the kitchen
or in this case if you don’t like competition then don’t be a teacher.


Yes, that’s what’s taught in most teacher training … unfortunately. What accomplishes the real job is to assist the learning process and to help it become self-directed.

David Wolsk

ex-ed prof


Rick wrote
The job of the teacher is to teach.