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Being The One Who Cares
In order to be a good teacher I feel that one needs to be
open and understanding of different events that might take place
in the classroom. Students today are not treated the same as
they were during the beginning of education and we have a variety
of students which attend our public schools. There are girls,
blacks, whites, Hispanic, and Native Americans and a number of
other different races participating in our classroom studies.
This is a wonderful accomplishment in our society. The variety
of backgrounds which are found in the classrooms gives our young
students a better understanding of different races and
nationalities. However, with growth there are always problems.
Because there are students from different backgrounds, we must
cater to all their needs. There may be students in our classroom
with completely different religious beliefs or no beliefs at all.
Teachers must understand each student and their personal beliefs
to make their learning environment comfortable. Every aspect of
our society has changed, we live in a more promiscuous society.
Our children are having children. We as teachers must educate
our student to the deadly effects of unprotected sex. I feel as
teachers earn tenure, they are more likely to effect the students
in a more personably manner. Having a stable and open classroom,
I feel the students will learn more and be a respected citizen in
our society. In this project I will discuss, prayer in the
classroom, AIDS and tenure.
Prayer in school is a controversial issue that must be
considered and dealt with as quickly as possible. All people
should feel free to worship and have loyalties to whichever
religion they choose. If no religion is chosen, then the
feelings of the person should be considered as will. Everyone
has an opinion on this subject, but everyones opinion should not
become an issue. Rather, the opinion should be offered in order
to be accepted or rejected by the individual. I feel that a time
should be set aside during the day to allow for mediation or
introspection. This time could be used by the students for
thinking, prayer, meditation or for private reflection.
Therefore, those who choose to participate can do so privately.
Since it is a quiet time, no religion is stressed, so whichever
seems to be more important to the student, the student has the
option to choose.
An alternative to quiet time is to rotate prayers among all
religious faiths with equal time being provided for all groups
and religions represented. The schedule may be rotated daily or
weekly between such choices as Christian, Jewish, and Catholic.
No shame should be placed on the students because of their
personal beliefs, and adults must never censure, or in any way
make light of a students belief. Also, no student should be
forced into or required to participate; all children should be
allowed to either join in, or to sit quietly during this time.
Like most things, this can be used as a positive tool for
teaching respect for others.
I feel this issue should be decided by individual school
systems and not mandated by the courts. However, if the school
does choose to have a religious moment, all religions should be
represented. This issue is a very private one, and no one should
be judged by his or her feelings. Also, no student should ever
be made to feel less than acceptable for their personal belief.
Teachers should keep in mind that not all children share the same
beliefs, therefore, if one or more students choose not to
participate in the prayer or quiet time, alternatives should be
offered to them. Reading may help the others to be quiet while
those who choose to participate do so. If a child chooses not to
participate, it should not become an issue between the student
and the class or the student and the teacher. No student should
ever be held up to ridicule. The teacher should try to make all
of the students feel as comfortable as possible whether they
participate or not.
If the subject is handled properly, this may help
contributed to a better understanding of the difference among
people. By teaching students that people are different at an
early age, it may alleviate some the hostilities between them as
adults. Also, this will teach students tolerance to views that
are different than their own. Students learn from what they see,
if they see and share prayer with their friends and classmates
they will seem less separate. The students may prove to be more
willing to accept the difference between themselves and others.
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