School Culture

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.

2 Comments on “School Culture

  1. I understand what you are saying and your intent. However, first and foremost students need to feel safe and secure for learning to take place, It is unfortunate that there are a few students who come to school and are not prepared to learn. They disrupt the climate and culture of the school and presents a clear and present danger to students and staff. So, administrators and teachers need to have a visible presence throughout the school to reduce the disruptions that negatively impact a school climate and culture. This is further reinforced by the need to employ School Resource Officers.

    • And certainly we agree that school resource officers should only enforce the law. Not discipline students. That’s the job of educators. Simple notion often not practiced.

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