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Naturally, he was challenged on this statement, but he held firm.
His point, I think, was that teachers are the adult in the room and their emotional intelligence and management of situations should be at a sufficient enough level to teach and guide and handle students' learning and behavioural needs. Even when they are at their most challenging. Full stop.
Therefore, for him, it was a simple equation: it's not badly behaved students causing problems, it's teacher failure to 'deal' with students.
Got me thinking.
Then I saw this article: kids don't fail, schools fail kids.
Three things were going for the article: the title, the source (edsurge) and the subject matter (Sir Ken Robinson's views).
According to Sir Ken: every student deserves to be treated like the miracle that they are—with personalized, individualized education that addresses that “world within.”
Trust Sir Ken!