by Ron Kurtus
Readers have sent in a total of 117 comments and questions on Education issues. They are listed according to date.
You can read them to further your understanding of the subject.
|Wants us to do his homework||Philosophies||USA|
|Students accuse teacher of being pro-western||Teaching Hyperactive||Morocco|
|Kindly tell me more of the school||Teaching Hyperactive||Malaysia|
|Teachers not treating son properly||Teaching Hyperactive||USA|
|Purpose of schools and established values||Philosophies||USA|
|Difference between theory and philosophy||Philosophies||Cambodia|
|Could my granddaughter be ADD?||Teaching Hyperactive||USA|
|How can character help in your career?||Character Program||India|
|Students aren't paying attention in class||Teaching Hyperactive||UAE|
|Bennett's words of wisdom rang out loud and clear||Bennett Teaching Virtues||USA|
|Trying to contact author of book Barbara Hailey||Aesops Values||USA|
|Son made rude gestures to teacher||ADHD||UK|
|Wants a teaching career in nurtition||Teaching Hyperactive||USA|
|Teacher found students copying material||General||UK|
Wants us to do his homework
February 4, 2008
What are the advantages and disadvantages as the application of:
- USA (15269)
Sorry, but you will have to do your own homework.
Students accuse teacher of being pro-western
December 27, 2007
I have great difficulty in teaching the teens, discarding the magic strategy, since they consider me as soft. i don't use violence in class in one part and on the other they coin me as being pro-western, therefore unlikely offencincg our culture, yet i belong to their country as well. Thanks a lot for your support.
Mohamed - Morocco (15028)
Realize that teens are often difficult to teach, since many think they know more than the adults. Also, in some countries and cultures, the educational method includes harsh punishment for those that misbehave. But that is not a pleasant way to teach, and it would be difficult for you to start that, since the students apparently do not give you the respect they should.
It also seems like you have a political factor involved, since it is popular in many countries to be anti-western.
One suggestion is to consider the great leaders, teachers and religious people from your culture and country and use them as examples in your teaching. This will help avoid them calling you pro-western. But also, you can use it as a stick when students misbehave or do not perform properly. You can tell them the student that he disgraces the name and works of a certain great person in his culture. Of course, care must be done when using such a technique.
You can also tell the students of your philosophy of teaching. Tell them that you hope that some will become great people in their country. Look to the works of someone who used knowledge and wisdom instead of the sword to lead. Tell them you follow the same philosophy.
Finally, do not accept disrespect from the students. If one person shows disrespect to you with his comments, tell the class that you do not accept that and stop teaching for the day or at least enough to get your message across. It has to be firm.
It is a difficult situation, but if you prepare for the problems and have a good plan of action, you can regain control and do a good job in teaching your students.
I hope these ideas help, and best wishes in your work.
Kindly tell me more of the school
December 13, 2007
Kindly tell me more of the school. Thank you.
Foong - Malaysia (14969)
The School for Champions is a free educational resource. We provide good information that should get you started in various areas of interest. We do not offer credits or degrees.
Teachers not treating son properly
November 21, 2007
My son, age 5 and in kindergarten, is and has been very fidgety since a baby. He gets in trouble all the time in school for being fidgety. He is constantly sent to time out away from the group and has recently been warned that he will go to the principals office if his behavior persists. I have spoken to the teacher and counselor regarding this behavior and my concerns that he didn't have full control over it. I suggested that he play with a pipe cleaner instead of sitting, empty handed, in circle activities. However, the last time I observed circle, he did not have anything in his hands and was again forcefully warned to "keep his hands to himself". When I asked the assistant why he didn't have the pipecleaner, I was told that he is given the "option" to carry it. It's been several weeks now, and I do not believe this strategy is being used at all anymore. My son has impulsivity and is hyper. However, his attention is good. His behavior does not interfere with his academic performance. I am very concerned that this is just the beginning of a negative association with school and teachers. He gets treated just like the children that intentionally act out and choose not to follow directions. I don't feel that is fair. He doesn't behave this way volitionally. Please help me do the right thing for him. I am happy to be as involved as necessary in his school in order to promote success.
Christine - USA (14821)
It is amazing that in these modern times, there are still educators that are so insensitive to the needs of children. Good grief, this child is in kindergarten! I have never heard of a child in kindergarten being sent to the principal's office. Many boys that age do not want to sit in circles but would rather be running around, playing.
But it might be worthwhile to bring your son to see a pediatrician to get an evaluation whether he is ADHD or just overactive. The fact that he does pay attention and seems to learn well indicate that he probably is not ADHD. The doctor may be able to give some suggestions to help him control his behavior, when in school.
I think you are right to be concerned that your son does not get some negative association with school and teachers. You might also look into sending him to a different school, at least for now.
Just as a side comment, I still have my 2nd grade report card that said, "Ronald is noisy and likes to fight. Dawdles at work time." It was the only bad report card I ever got, so it doesn't say much for that teacher. I guess there are still some teachers like that today.
Best wishes on making sure your son receives a good education, is dealt with properly, and stay a happy child.
Purpose of schools and established values
October 27, 2007
some educational philosophers think school should instruct students in the established values of the society .other think schools should teach students to questions established values. why and how?
- USA (14656)
Educational philosophers differ on the purpose of education, often according to their political and religious beliefs. Besides teaching students academic subjects, some philosophers believe that the students should be taught values and morals so that they fit in a specific society. Countries that emphasize social harmony or following a specific religion adhere to this purpose of education.
On the other hand, societies that value individuals may allow them to follow their own beliefs.
Educational philosophers that feel students should question established values are often advocating turmoil in society. They often are from the revolutionary times of the 1960s and 1970s, where students were taught to question authority and not trust anyone over 30. Note that a student that questions established values should also question the validity of teachers such as these educational philosophers.
Difference between theory and philosophy
October 22, 2007
1. What is the different between theory, philosophy, and principle?
2. Does Philosophical stances of education differ to theories of education?
3. How many philosophical stances of education?
4. How many theories of education?
Pisey - Cambodia (14610)
A theory is one or more rules that are suggested to apply to a field. The remains a theory until it is proven true. For example, there might be a theory of education that children learn best if given rewards. By testing the theory, it be decided whether it is valid. At that time the theory can become a principle of education.
One the other hand, a philosophy is a belief system. The philosophy of education is the study of the purpose, process, nature and ideals of education. One philosophy or belief system of education is that children want to learn and simply must be guided.
Could my granddaughter be ADD?
September 12, 2007
Can my granddaughter, age 3 1/2 be hyperactive without being ADD? It used to be a kid was hyperactive and would grow out of it....now they are hyperactive with ADD and needs medication. Can a kid just be hyperactive?
Maryann - USA (14387)
Many youngsters are extremely active, always moving and continually asking questions. At 3 1/2, that is not unusual.
ADD stands for Attention Deficit Disorder. Also used is ADHD, which is Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. These children have trouble getting along and playing with others, can't pay attention, are continually moving, and even have trouble watching a children's TV show for more that a few minutes. Such problems are usually noticed in school. But recently teachers have even claimed that ordinary children are ADD.
Most likely, your granddaughter will grow out of being so active. I certainly would not put her on any medication at her young age, unless she exhibited serious problems.
How can character help in your career?
February 10, 2007
what is the need for character building and moral value and how the same can enchance your development in life and carrer?
pallavi - India (13109)
If you have strong personal character traits, such as determination and hard-work, you will achieve more goals. If you have good social character traits, like being honest and moral, other people will trust and admire you. They will want to deal with you.
An employer will not promote a lazy, honest person or a person who is hard-working but unreliable. You need both personal and social character to advance in your career.
Students aren't paying attention in class
November 20, 2006
I have an experinece of teaching students suffering from hyperactivness. But these days in my class I have alot of students who are hyperactive. I face alot of problems, such as students talking during lectures, some easily distracted. and in the end lack of imaginary skills. this problem is escalating before 5 boys were having this problem now there are 7 out of 10 students who are lacking imagination and becoming extremely difficult to handle. what should i do now? thank you for your kind attention.
Fahad - UAE (12439)
One of the major problem with children these days is that a have very short attention spans, due to watching television. Also, many of them do what is called multitasking, where they're doing several things at one time.
This makes it very difficult for teachers, because the students simply don't pay attention. In fact, they don't know how to pay attention.
Just as people today was talk on their cell phones while in a restaurant, with no consideration of other people, students also feel they can talk when they please during a lecture.
One solution is to change your teaching style. Instead of giving a lecture, explaining the material to be learned, teach in an interactive style. This means to present facts or questions to the class, and elicit discussion among the students. This forces them to pay attention and prevents their minds from wandering. The students that may seem overactive will now be able to participate.
The problem is that teaching with an interactive style or method is often not easy to do. It takes some extra thought on the part of the teacher. But it might be worth a try to get better control of your class.
I hope these ideas help. Let me know how things work out.
Bennett's words of wisdom rang out loud and clear
May 14, 2006
Mr. Bennet's words of wisdom rang out loud and clear for me. I am an elementary school teacher and see the decline of morality everyday. Teachers are held accountable for discipline, test scores, and overall success in their students. However, many of the "problem students" come from homes with little or no parental guidance. These students do not learn examples of right or wrong, but instead, are given excuses for their poor behavior. Needless to say, teachers are frustrated with trying to teach in the absence of morality.
Jill - USA (11108)
It can be a problem to teach students who are not getting guidance at home or who have friends who provide negative influences.
See our section on Character. There are many lessons on the subject that can be applied in the classroom. Also in our section on Getting Good Grades for the students, we warn against cheating, tell how to deal with "problem teachers", and promote character among the students.
Hopefully, we can help guide the students on a better path, as well as to help teachers give them proper instruction.
Trying to contact author of book Barbara Hailey
April 26, 2006
I am trying to contact Barbara Hailey. My husband met her on a business trip, told her about our children and she sent us two of her books. They are wonderful and I'd like to thank her. Do you have an email address for her?
Kelly - USA (10962)
As far as I know, Barbara does not have an email address. You can phone the company that her late husband started at 1-800-Boot-Kamp or email them at email@example.com to perhaps find out how to get in touch with her.
I am sure she will be glad to hear from you.
Son made rude gestures to teacher
March 19, 2006
Our son is suffering from ADHD. We have attended classes and can manage the situation at home but our son has made two rude gestures in class in front of the headmaster who is threatening us with removal. Our son is 10 years of age. I know that you have information on this subject. Can you tell me how to access this.
Fiona - UK (10504)
Often teachers do not know how to deal with hyperactive children. See "Teaching Hyperactive Children" at:
There are a number of resources to check. Also, recommend the page to the teacher as information in dealing with ADHD students.
But also note that making rude gestures is not necessarily a result of being hyperactive. Any student doing that could face discipline, including expulsion. You should make it very clear to your son that such behavior is not acceptable. At age 10 and pre-teen ages, children start to rebel and think it is funny to talk back and make rude gestures. It is good to put a stop to that type of actions.
I hope these ideas help. Best wishes in helping your son adapt.
Wants a teaching career in nurtition
January 26, 2006
I have been working with kids in a day care, and I really enjoy it. I am a Nutrition major student, but I am hoping I can get a job in teaching carrier after I graduate.
Maral - USA (9805)
There is a demand for teachers of health an nutrition, as well as for nutritionists in schools to help with the lunch progams. But also, good nutrition may help calm down hyperactive children.
Best wishes in your teaching career.
October 20, 2005
What about the theory Cunstructism?
jay - USA (8629)
A good article on Constructionism vs. Instructionism can be seen at:
Teacher found students copying material
September 26, 2005
I am a physics teacher at a school near York in England. I gave my class a short homework in which they had to find three uses of static electricity and include diagrams - but told them clearly that they must not just copy out word for word any information they found on the internet. I emphasised that this would be considered plagiarism and that if they were to do it whilst at university they could even be asked to leave the course, so it was important to take it on board now.
However, they have all visited your (helpful) website and cut and pasted into a different font, trying to pass it off as their own work!
I thought it would be amusing if you could post something on your site that suggested that you had heard rumours of people copying and had developed some technology that could detect the 'cut' function and would send a hefty bill to that email address, enforcable by US law.
Obviously I would not let them stew for too long!
David - UK (8304)
With the use of the Internet, coping with plagarism is a major problem for teachers. We have considered adding articles on the subject in our sections on Character, Education Methods for teachers and Tricks for Good Grades for the students.
Instead of having students find answers on the Internet and then put in their own words, I think it is better that they learn to state the source and give proper credit. I'm not sure what is gained by re-wording some source of information.
Once they have found some examples, they could then brainstorm in class to think of other applications. In my opinion, that is the real opportunity for learning.
There are ways to prevent people from marking and copying text. They often include a nasty warning telling not to even try. But I've always diliked sites that use those techniques.
If you click on our Copyrights link, it gives information on our restrictions. Perhaps letting the students see that information would be helpful.
Realizing that it is so easy to copy and paste from Internet sources, I think it is necessary for modern teachers to use creative methods to allow students to find the information, learn to give credit, and then go beyond what they have found with ideas of their own.
Thanks for your feedback, and I hope these ideas are helpful to you.
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