--Original published at Garrettscollegeblog
The evidence behind the environment leaving a huge mark on a person’s intelligence continues to this day. One of the biggest pieces of evidence we possess is schools or the education system as a whole. Children sit through classes in an attempt to retain information to, in turn, use in their real lives and successfully complete assessments.
Every teacher approaches the classroom a different way, which affects how students learn. Among my experiences with teachers, two major styles stick out more than others. The types of teachers that act as a friend to students usually provided a productive workspace. This friendly teaching style expresses a respect that the teacher has for the students, and allows the students to form respect back towards the teacher. This mutual appreciation proved for my classmates and me to always work. Better than the opposite style. When teachers approach the class as a dictator rather than an equal, there is a major disconnection between students and teacher. The students struggled to form respect for the teacher because he/she showed no respect to the students. It proves very difficult to learn in an environment where a single person that does not adapt to students controls everything.
A major improvement to the school system would be the installation of a democratic classroom into every class. Students will learn more effectively if every student contains equal opportunity to contribute to class. Also, as mentioned above, when teachers approach a class with respect for the students, the students enjoy learning instead of looking at it as a chore.