Sometime when I attend meetings, I get memory flashes of my high school biology teacher, Mr. Crough , a middle aged obese , and bald Biology teacher. I truly believe his goal each day was the find students who had not read, or understood the assignment, and pin point them out to the class. I remember that feeling in my stomach when he was ready to unleash his fury on the class. He would stare out to the class, to pick his subject. I remember his countenance when he exposed a student’s lack of knowledge, almost like a smirk and satisfaction that he was superior.
Some people will defend this type of teaching, but to me it made me hate biology for awhile. I believe my only concern while in the class was avoiding humiliation in front of my peers. It made concentrating and learning difficult.
Unfortunately I still see this type of teaching in the adult world. I still see Mr. Crough, with his arrogant demeanor, the silence of the prey and audience, that uncomfortable moment when we wish the hunter would stop. Do these people really believe that people would learn with these high school teaching methods? Are these people arrogant to treat their fellow employees in this manner? In the Tip of the Writing Brush, arrogance is an evil we must avoid to create suffering in others: but also having arrogance in our hearts, prevents us from having the joyous life.
I also remember a popular math teacher, Mr. LaRue. He would ask questions to the classroom like Mr. Crough. But when no one raised their hands, he would select students in a different manner than the infamous Mr. Crough. He would choose students that knew the answer. I can still visualize the joy in Mr. LaRue’s face and also the faces of his eager students. Mr. LaRue passed away many years ago. May God bless you Mr. LaRue!
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