What Do Students Really Need?

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Yesterday, a colleague on Twitter tweeted how her son, after several years of being home-schooled, began his first day at the public high school, and was made to wait for three hours to receive his class schedule, along with several other students. I repeat: This was the first day of school.

I tweeted back to my colleage, saying how disgraceful the situation was. After all, the aforementioned students lost three hours of learning time while waiting for schedules that most definitely should have been ready the moment they walked in the door. Conversely, we continuously reiterate how important education is, but the situation a my colleague described it was truly a contradiction to this belief, and a sorted one at that. It also disregards students as human beings whose time is just as valuable as any adult’s.

So, what do students really need? They need RESPECT. Otherwise, reiterating the importance of education lacks sincerity and purpose.

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4 thoughts on “What Do Students Really Need?

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  2. @ Tracy I read the post to which you linked, and I whole-heartedly agree. The more we focus on what works, the more things will change for the students. Perhaps it’s a bit simplistic, and I certainly don’t mean to imply what I or any other teacher does is simple. However, it takes so much more psychic and physical energy to discuss what doesn’t work than to discuss what does. At least for me.

    • “it takes so much more psychic and physical energy to discuss what doesn’t work than to discuss what does.” I agree.

      BTW, the link popped up there because you were linked in the post :)

  3. Pingback: Leading From The Heart » Blog Archive » Looking Back: Stop talking about classrooms that don’t work

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