I met a teacher today and our philosophies on education seemed to be very different. She has spent years in the field and her experience says something, but i disagree with the teaching decsions she makes, although I have a lack of experience. She does not believe in penalties for late assignments. She had valid reasoning, saying that it wouldn’t change the amount of late assignments and that decreasing the marks could hurt the child’s self esteem and they will eventually not hand in anything anyways. I understand this point of view, but I am not convinced that it is working for her. She stated that she is one month into the semester and there is over 40 names on the board, each name reflects a late assignment and many children have their name on the board multiple times. Dr. Phil would ask “…and how’s that working for you?”
As a future high school teacher I believe that it is important that teenagers are prepared for their next step in life. For many that is university, tech school or entering the work force. Students should be aware that there is consequences to their actions in real life. Post secondary and the work force waits for no one. If you don’t hand in an assignment when it is due you don’t get any marks for it. Students need to understand that when they don’t follow deadlines they don’t get the credit.
Do you think this teacher is rewarding “bad” behaviour? Or am I too tough?