Teachers should really be taught to ask the question, “Is this an act of discipline, or am I just exercising my control over this student?” And then taught which is which.
If you decide the right punishment is public humiliation, you are not teaching discipline, you are exercising your control over the student.
If you have arbitrary rules in your classroom, you are not teaching discipline, you are exercising your control over your students.
If you tease your students for their actions, you are not teaching discipline, you are exercising your control over your students.
Remember, you are not your students’ friend. If you want to have a friendly relationship you will have to wait until they are not in your class anymore. Because you are in a position of power over them, and all of your interactions will be colored as such.
Don’t discipline a student in any way you wouldn’t discipline an adult in a similar situation.
Students are people too, and you are not a prison warden. You are someone they should be able to trust to do what is right for them. Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should.
I’ve spent the past couple of days asking several hundred Grindr users in Edinburgh whether they believe Scotland should be an independent country. Replies were of variable quality. Here is a representative sample:
The number of people I’ve questioned who are still present in my Grindr message history – that is, excluding the many people who blocked me – appears to add up to 655. I’ve divided their reactions into…
Other opinion: 20
Too horny to answer: 6
General rejection: 4
Did not respond: 318
So there you have it. When only decisive opinions are taken into account, Grindr votes NO to independence, with a 54-46% split. If this is reflected in the results of tomorrow’s referendum, we can assume the headless torsos have taken over Scotland and there’s nothing you can do to stop it.
(The eagerly anticipated machotrouts.tumblr.com endorsement goes to a YES vote. I am a headful torso.)