The author is Teacher
Frenzy (not his real name)is an 18-year old teenager loves to play role playing games. He spends most of his day playing various games on an online gaming site. He describes himself as "anti-social" . As a child, he recalled being "one of those kids having ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)". When he was in kindergarten, after ban altercation with another pupil, Frenzy remembered his teacher asking questions about his personal life and then sending him to a therapist without his parents' consent. His parents were mortified by this. Hence, they decided to pull out Frenzy from that school and had him placed under home schooling for a year. As he grew older, Frenzy remembered having teachers who labelled him as a "difficult child". Aside from the occasional incidences of accidentally ruining school equipment (He claims that the damages were minor), he does not remember particular incidences that could make teachers dislike him so much. He claims that teachers hated him so much that his teachers ended up punishing the entire class if he was caught doing a misdemeanor. As a result, even his classmates hate him.
Nowadays, Frenzy expresses his fear of growing up. He claims that there is so much uncertainty in his life. He does not even know what to do with his life once he turns 19.
As a teacher and a mother of a 4-month old baby girl, Frenzy's story saddened me. I wondered if his life would be any different if his teachers treated with more kindness. It would be heartbreaking if my daughter was treated the same way as Frenzy did. I can only imagine the worry on Frenzy's parents as they watch their child live his life with much uncertainty.
Sadly, Frenzy is just one of many children whose life was made worse by the people around him. Just like any profession, teaching has its perks and challenges. Teachers work in a profession that compels them to work overtime, and purchase school supplies from their own pockets. They are bombarded with deadlines and are pressured to attain all the targets set by the Department of Education. They are required to submit reports and serve multiple roles in the community where they teach. Hence, it is easy for the overworked teacher to label unruly children as hopeless cases and treat them poorly. This can have a severe effect on how a child perceives himself later in life. In psychology, there is a phenomenon that describes how one's expectation can affect the other person's performance. This is known as the Pygmalion/ Rosenthal Effect. The proponent of the study, Rosenthal, conducted an experiment wherein randomly selected learners were given a test that categorized them as "academic bloomers". The academic progress of these learners were closely monitored and it was discovered that the learners that were classified as "academic bloomers" performed better than their peers in later years. It was correlated by Rosenthal that their labelling may have affected the learners' self perception.
Simply put, a teacher's perception of a learner can make or break a learner's future. With so many tasks bestowed upon teachers, some teachers take the easier route. They quickly and harshly dismiss learners who misbehave rather than take their time to gently correct their ways. Teaching should never be just about a subject or a report. Teaching is a vocation. It is one of the highest forms of servicce to the society. It is a path not commonly chosen by learners after they graduate from high school. It is not a glamorous profession by any means but its ability to mold people is incredibly strong. Teachers can create leaders. Teachers can also create monsters that can wreck havoc in societies. Take time to complement your learners. Appreciate their achievements. Always give learners an opportunity to grow and learn from their mistakes. Do not allow yourself to stereotype learners . A simple complement can mean the world for one learner whereas one harsh word can have a devastating consequences on the life of a learner.
I at Del Rosario Elementary School