16 Sep '14

News Does telling students to respect each other do more harm than good?

While asking pupils to show respect in the classroom is well meaning, it creates a culture of shame, argues teacher David Birch. What terms are more effective?As someone who teaches philosophy in schools, the biggest problem in my lessons, besides blanket indifference, is pupils not giving each other the space to speak. They interrupt and shout over each other, tell one another to shut up or deride ideas with laughter. This behaviour is not just an obstacle to the lessons, it is antithetical to them. Continue reading...

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