Teachers, teachers! Usually hated, usually unpopular. There are hundreds of novels and movies with the character of a cruel teacher, and from Ms. Rottermaier to the horrible nuns and priests of the European boarding schools, they have filled our nightmares.
Nevertheless and beyond literature, psychologists have currently studied the figure of a teacher with rational criteria.
There are three ways of teaching: authoritarian, democratic and permissive and of course, it’s not difficult to guess than the best teacher is the democratic one.
Everybody would like to have had a democratic teacher, able to be a friendly leader, to motivate students, to listen to their ideas and suggestions and, at the same time, able to organize the class with justice and with the collaboration of students.
We dislike the authoritarian teacher. This teacher is the only one who decides and the students must obey. No questions, no suggestions, no doubts…, students seem soldiers who must follow some strict rules that, maybe, they don’t understand. It doesn’t matter, the boss is the boss and into the classroom, this boss is called: TEACHER.
In spite of all these critics, the authoritarian teacher has some goods points, because the most important is that with him, students work and in front of him, abuses don’t exist among them. Furthermore, everybody knows the rules and the motives why it will be punished.
The worst teacher is the permissive teacher. Sometimes authoritarian, sometimes democratic, sometimes nothing. Students don’t know the rules, the discipline is relaxing and the atmosphere is really bad to work or to learn.
Jokes of teachers:
Teacher: Tomorrow there will be an interesting lecture on Pluto and Neptune. Everyone have to attend it.
Pupil: Sorry my mom wouldnt let me go so far.
Son: I cannot go to school today, mum.
Mother: Why cannot you go?
Son: I don’t feel very well
Mother: Where don’t you feel very well?
Son: In school!
Teacher: How old is your father.
Pupil: He is as old as I am.
Teacher: How is that possible?
Pupil: Because he became a father only after I was born.