The Saga Continues Between Student and Teacher

Marina Allen

We see our teachers each day. Our duty as students is to fulfill the set curriculum and their personal expectations. There is little compromise or room for debate on the topic of our education, and because of this, many students speak poorly of their authorities.

Most problems arise when focusing on the different idiosyncrasies from teacher to teacher. These include and are not limited to: the rules for paper formatting, class discussion, homework, etc. which all seem unnecessary and at times too demanding of students.

The maintenance and control of 30 plus wild and crazy teens per room must be trying for teachers. Some teachers insist that these rules are necessary for bringing order to this chaos. For this reason, students should be sensitive or sympathetic to teachers who fear this chaos and therefore dominate the classroom with a sense of authoritarian and arbitrary regulations. From experience and observation, the students find the following rules most frustrating in teachers,

  • Enforcement of a strong MLA format
  • Fringed edges paper that result in a “0”
  • No make-up tests permitted
  • No bathroom usage
  • No eating in class
  • No grade posts and when confronted, teacher dismisses question. “I hate it when a teacher refuses to tell me my grade. All through school, we are directed to ask them and stay prompt about our current situation. I am following my side of the contract and it’s not fair when the other party doesn’t,” said an anonymous sophomore.

Like in any conflict, the problem should not be blamed on one side. What is it that frustrates teachers, besides not abiding to the list above?

  • Students who show little interest in studies (i.e. bad track record for completion of homework, class work)
  • Students who are disrespectful to peers or teacher
  • Students who cheat
  • Students who are rowdy, boisterous

Fundamentally, teachers fear that students don’t gain anything from their class. The tendency then is to think ahead of the suspected violator of the rules and establish strict boundaries for success. What looks like paranoia or dispensable regulations turn out to be the teacher bargaining for structure. With these qualms in mind, let your voice be heard reader, and describe them through our online poll resource.

What do you think the ingredients are for an unhappy class and for a happy class? What are the ingredients for a happy class? Post your thoughts in the comments.