Improving Classroom Behavior

The main problem with education is the sharing of information and knowledge only flows in one direction–typically from teacher to students. If that’s all education system does, we can just eliminate teachers and have students learn by watching videos all day. So what’s the point and benefit of stuffing children into crowded classrooms?

One may surmise that schools bring children together so they can learn to socialize and make friends. But then why punish children for being active and expressive?

More and more children are seemingly diagnosed with behavioral problems. The worst part is adults think just prescribing drugs to these growing kids will just magically fix their behavior. But how exactly are these behavior problematic? Typically unruly students get scolded for talking or running around in class.

Teachers go about the wrong way when they scold students for socializing in class. But it’s worse against introverts. Generally seen as shy and quiet, they only socialize with peers close and familiar, i.e. friends, siblings, and cousins. But when admonished for socializing with friends in class and then adults separate them, it sends the wrong message. Punishing introverted children for having fun and chatting with other children could drive them even more reclusive, apathetic, and unresponsive. Teachers push them to stop hanging out with friends; and parents in the same way push them away from caring about family.

So is it the children that are problematic? Or perhaps we should question whether the classroom style of education is the real problem. Children are not allowed to be themselves. Teachers and parents force and demand a strict, narrow range of acceptable behaviors and expressiveness. This stifles young children’s creativity and sociability.

It has been shown that peer to peer learning is as or more effective than merely unidirectional teacher-student relationship. When students retell what they learn to others, this knowledge gets reinforced into their brains. Thus improving their mental faculties. Furthermore it encourages children to be more expressive, social, and candid. Moreover they learn a lot more than what can be covered in dry textbooks and exams.

Schools also should provide more active or tactile learning. Students shouldn’t just sit in one spot for hours listening to a teacher yap over and over. This passive learning is boring, repetitive. Even adults fall asleep during lectures.

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