When should a teacher intervene?
In a school there are so many students and all of them come from entirely different family backgrounds. When all these students come together and mingle with each other, different cultures, traditions and mindsets clash and at times that causes a certain amount of friction, especially among the little ones.
We all grow up with different values and family traditions and when we are at a young age, we blindly follow everything our Mom and Dad tell us, thinking they are always right. Anyone who tells us something else is the one who is wrong in our eyes. Can’t really blame little children for thinking that way because that is how all kids are at some point. It is only when we grow up and see things for ourselves that we realize that our parents weren’t always right.
There are always groups that are formed in a school that consist of students who get along with each other well or who may have a majority of things in common with each other. Some groups get along with everyone else while some can’t even stand each other and these negative feelings can go out of hand at times.
Some groups include the rich kids, some include the ones who aren’t so well off, others include the snotty girls and boys and some are formed on the basis of ethnicity and religion. Although this is not healthy, and children should be taught to be tolerant with each other and accept everyone around them regardless of their socio-economic class, religion or race, the formation of groups is inevitable.
It is obvious that friction among such groups can get out of hand and disrupts the school’s discipline. It is then that the teachers and authority figures must intervene and set things right. But what about when these issues or incidents happen outside school or on public forums among the students, do you still think it is appropriate for teachers to jump in and take matters in to their own hands?