Teacher will Cane you

May 15, 2009 at 10:43 pm 2 comments

Ah…teacher will cane you if you don’t behave” is an oft-used threat uttered by parents to make sure their children toe the line of decorum. Perhaps it’s time to put this to rest for canes are now reserved for disciplinary teachers and principals. Equating teachers with canes is a great injustice to the profession.

My mom who used to work temporarily as a teacher never once used the cane on her students, though she brought it to class. And she instilled in me the need to establish rapport with the students and not fear.

To all teachers who believe in the power of touching lives by words and deeds, we thank you. For those who once wielded the canes, hmmmmm….

Entry filed under: education.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Gabriel  |  May 21, 2009 at 9:47 am

    Some are moved by words while others perform better under physical trauma…… Which one is it when it comes to the student?

    Higgins: Physical trauma? I beg to differ. Perhaps they need to be prodded.

  • 2. Siew Hoong  |  May 25, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    I’m so glad your mom taught you what she did about not instilling fear in one’s students!
    So often, we equate fear ( or rather, dread) with respect.

    I called up my Kelas Nyanyian teacher 2 weeks before Teacher’s Day and she sounded every bit as energetic and inspiring as she was back then when I as in sec school. I do miss my good teachers, even now!

    Higgins: I’m with you on that. Give credit where it is due.

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