Winning formula

2008-12-09 00:00

A feature article in this newspaper recently highlighted some of the challenges that are presented to teachers by school pupils. The young tend to express themselves more independently than in times past. This in itself is a good thing but it can spill over into aggression and resistance to discipline. Electronic stimuli, such as the ubiquitous cellphone and easy access to MXit, can introduce a negative distraction to the learning process.

A new resourcefulness among teachers is needed today in order to achieve attention and respect among pupils. Some educational paradigms have to shift. A wholesome discipline which encourages self-discipline is still crucial, together with a solid foundation in humane values. Against this background, a teacher’s infectious love for his or her subject and an ability to convey this will always be a winning formula.

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