By Natalie Stephens
When it comes to teachers, there is very little respect shown, even though they are the ones who help us with our education and get us through our teen years.
I was given the chance to interview teachers Mr. Wagner and Mr. Ho-Ching and Freshman Logan Ihrig about why there is little teacher respect and is there something that could be done to help this problem.
The disrespect that is shown towards teachers is sad and it needs to be acknowledged. Everyday, teachers plan lessons to help kids be successful, and many kids don't realize that or they just don't care. It is difficult for students who genuinely want to learn because too many students are disrespectful to the teacher or to classmates.
Logan Ihrig said, “ It's really annoying in class because it takes away time from learning and it's hard to get work done because they’re [disrespectful kids] the center of attention.”
But why are kids being disrespectful, and what could be done? Logan said kids are disrespectful because they just don't care or they don't want to be at school but that's not always the case.
Science teacher Mr. Wagner made a really good point when he said, “ It rarely bothers him when kids are disrespectful because they are discovering who they are, and kids have no filter.”
This may be true with younger students because kids may have not yet developed the skills know how to handle stress, anxiety, and other classroom aspects, so they lash out. Wagner also said about 99% of the time they're not doing it with intent, they just don’t have the right tools at that age.
In high school, you learn that you can make your own decisions but you can't choose your own consequences. During the high school years, kids are able to learn how to use the right tools to be able to handle certain situations.
Logan said, “There's definitely more people that are respectful than people who are disrespectful; so it's out numbered and the good outweighs the bad.”
This is a solid observation because usually when there's more of a positive influence, progress can be made. History teacher, Mr. Ho-Ching hopes, “The school could create an elective that could teach students how to cope and learn good skills.”
So what should you do when you witness a student being disrespectful to a teacher? Speak up and be heard. No teacher deserves this treatment, and students deserve a great place to learn.