Philosophical stories

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“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom...As a teacher, I possess tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humour, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated, and a child humanised or dehumanised”(Guinott, 1976)We hear a lot about children’s rights and teachers’ rights as well. However, although a lot of emphasis is given to students’ rights, this is mainly against physical abuse. Emotional abuse is somewhat left at the side and in my opinion it is not being given the importance it should get. Although physical abuse is very intimidating to the child, emotional abuse is much more harmful to the children since it might lead them to a trauma which haunts them throughout their lives.

In fact, having myself gone through a similar experience, today I realise how much a simple action might influence a student’s life. Actually I don’t remember much from my primary school years; however I remember quite a negative experience. Despite this, in general I still remember primary education as quite a positive experience. As a result to this, I never thought that this negative experience influenced me or my life in any way, until we started this course, since we were encouraged to think and reflect on our experience throughout our primary years.

When I was a little girl, in my primary school years, it seems that my handwriting was quite impressive. Mind you, this was not in a positive way; rather, my handwriting was quite ugly, careless and untidy. I remember that I used to have comments from my teacher very often, comments...