The idea of pedagogic fairness

I chanced on this caricature dropping my Facebook wall sometime ago, at first I smiled thinking, it’s the monkey and the bird that’s going make it first to the top of the tree, well, obviously the monkey and the bird would, that if the elephant won’t break-in the branches down.

While this picture looks hilarious, it also perfectly showcased the kind of educational system that we have today – while we promote fairness in every way we can as it should always be – sometimes the system just won’t allow it, hence, it’s too taxing on the part of the teachers who handles conventional teaching system and to try to at least find each of his or her  student’s best learning zone and at the same time find it too demanding for students whose learning faculties are unique than of the others.

Even in tertiary level where you expect each of your students to at least learn independently, there are still a lot who find it hard to muddle through the lessons at hand. Per observation, this homogenization pose several problems in my classroom – the monkeys and the birds got bored on top of the tree waiting for the fish to figure out how to climb up the tree, the penguin and seal think they don’t belong hence just rove around distracting the others, the dog is a little flexible than the others so it’s possible to just pull it around wherever he’s comfortable.

Admittedly, it requires really a lot of patience on the part of the teachers to reach out to these fishes and penguins and seals etc. in the class and a lot of energy to attend to these monkeys and birds – what can the teachers do? Teachers also suffer this kind of unfairness that whenever this fish can’t make it to the top – and monkey and the bird would complain – it’s the teacher’s fault :(

But then again, this will measure the kind of fiber a teacher got.

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9 Responses to The idea of pedagogic fairness

  1. Pinx says:

    part and parcel of being a teacher mommy Vernz… and that’s what we get: “it’s always the teacher’s fault.” the homogenized system will always bring varied characteristics and we have to deal with that… diha na mogawas ang pagka-creative ni maam… hehehe.

  2. joy says:

    This is very interesting of how you relate the education through this picture, it’s very amusing. however, I agree it depends though of how those students shows eagerness and interest to the subject because then the teacher will know how to deal with it and how to make his teaching to be interesting. It was also very hard for the teacher’s part too, I guess because every students has their own ways of enthusiasm when it comes to dynamic learning environment.

    My husband is a teacher and he was definitely always, always find ways on how to get on the very end when it comes to students who has less interest on learning and even on listening.

  3. I am sure that teachers do their best to treat everybody fair. Parents should participate in their kids studies too like helping them with home work instead of relying it to a tutor. We are fortunate enough that we can talk to my kids teachers when they are not doing good in their studies. It takes two to tango to make the students studies do well.

  4. haze says:

    It’s always hard for the teachers to get blamed all the time. No one really understand their part until they become one. But, hats off to the teachers for doing such a noble job. To the students, you can’t really push them too hard if their capacity of learning is only up to that level. Laziness plays a big part too.

  5. Mrs.D says:

    oh, the life of a teacher…very interesting post teVernz…I like the term: pedagogic.

  6. The challenge of being a teacher. Each student really is unique and a teacher’s gotta know each of their strength and weakness so it’s easier to deal with them when it comes to teaching. It’s disheartening though that there are teachers who don’t understand how important their role is in molding their students character. I salute teachers like you who does not just think of her salary every payday but looks after the welfare of her students. Godspeed!!

  7. Lainy says:

    I always admire teachers. I have always believed that teaching is the noblest profession in the world. The time and effort that they put in to mold our youth and be the country’s hope and future is something remarkable. They don’t count and even when the wage is not that lucrative, they painstakingly do their duties to the best of their abilities. Some goes to work on weekends or holidays even when their attendance is not required and they spend money coming from their own pockets. Not too many people appreciate these things that the teacher does for the well being of the children. All they see is to push these teachers to the hilt and try their patience to no end.

    And yeah! Teachers have been our noble partners during Election Day. They put their lives at risk in fulfilling their respective jobs. I always have high regard for these dignified teachers. Even with the existing threats, they were never scared to perform their duties effectively and efficiently.

    So to teachers like you who cares, may your tribe multiply!

  8. Bless says:

    Teacher is really a noble profession. You have all the challenges to treat different individuals and you must have a lot of patience with that as well. Your capability at all times will be measured of how your students fare at the end of the school year. That is why I am just hats off to all the teachers around.

  9. I can so relate to this as a teacher. In fact, I’d like to ask permission to use the picture above.

    The huge problem with public education (and even many private schools) is that students are looked upon as a grade, not as a living, breathing human. Heck, parents can be guilty of this, too.

    I work for a Montessori school, and it seems like that system in one of the ones that actually does very well in adapting to the learning styles of the child.

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