One of the routinely most common statements from high school dropouts, across studies, echo a similar idea: they feel that their teachers and the administrative staff at their schools don’t care about them. The great majority of educators are driven in their careers by the positive impacts they get to make upon children’s lives in their daily interactions. So where in-lies this rift in actions and intentions from the faculty, to perceptions by the student.
While there are a multitude of answers to this question, let’s focus on one for this blog: language and appearances. Children describe their time outside of class as being “policed”, with teachers being strategically placed every few feet and administrators patrolling with walkie-talkies in hand. War terminology is used frequently within the industry: “fighting the good fight”, “working in the trenches”.
It’s time to strike these sayings from our collective vocabulary and consider rethinking how we present ourselves to our students. We don’t want children to feel like they’re prisoners; we want children to feel that they are in a hospitable, learning environment.