Mock Article Rergarding Tutoring Issues In the Uk

I decided to write about a program I watched a couple of Months Back, It was on the Topic of Strict and Lenient Teachers.

I based it upon Facts and evidence from Willy Russel’s Our Day Out

Monday 21st September marked the opening of a large court hearing held over the ordeal concerning the teaching capabilities of Mrs Kay and the attitude, and professionalism of Mr Briggs. After a gruelling two day trial the verdict was eventually reached by the jury and judge. I personally thought that the sentence and the verdict were slightly controversial. Whilst in attendance of this trial to enable me to produce an accurate report on it, I felt that Mrs Kay was merely trying to be understanding towards the troubled children in which she tutored.

There were a number of reasons for Mrs Kay’s suspension and expulsion from the staff at her school which cannot be named for legal reasons. Mrs Kay’s prosecutors felt that Mrs Kay acted more like a friend to the children rather than a respected stature of authority. The side for the prosecution of Mr Briggs believed that his teaching methods were far too strict for the modern day teachings and needs of Mrs Kay’s progress class.

For the benefit of the important people (you the readers) I am going to describe each of the teacher’s relationships with the pupils and the points made by both sides.

Mrs Kay’s relationship with the children is one filled with laughs and jokes which make for fun and efficient learning for the children of her progress class, her friendly nature mean the children are able to trust her and discuss matters with her they wouldn’t discuss with Mr Briggs. This relationship with the children is vital for a teacher; it enables the pupils to feel trustworthy towards the teacher meaning they feel happier at school, safer at school and more eager to learn. Mrs Kay also has an effective relationship with her colleagues; this flaunts her friendly mannerisms and genuinely helping personality. There are numerous quotes made by Mrs Kay which support the theory of her kind nature (Brightly) “Good morning Mr Briggs” This evidence shows Mrs Kay is always polite and civilised to both Staff and pupils alike. Also some other quotes from the text show the children’s sense of trust towards Mrs Kay. (Shouting to a kid) “Maurice! Come away from that road will you?” (The Kid does so). Evidence such as this suggests although Mrs Kay’s caring nature is in place, it isn’t at the cost of authority over the children. Also although Mrs Kay may arouse as the sort of naïve person who is oblivious to the real world, she also is quite street-wise. We know this because “Because I wasn’t born yesterday, Brain Reilly, and if I don’t ask you for a note you’ll just hide behind the corner for ten minutes and say he said you could go”. This clearly shows the good relationship she has with the children means she knows the kind of things they do and the kind of children they are.

On the other hand, Mr Briggs relationship with the children is significantly different. All teachers have individual methods which they exercise in the classroom, although Mr Briggs’ methods would strike terror into the heart of even the most physiologically tough person. All of the children in the classes he teach are terrified of Mr Briggs’, sometimes this can be useful for dealing with severe cases of bad child behaviour and the only way of dealing with it is by excessive shouting and screaming. However for the majority of cases including the cases of the “Progress class” this isn’t at all necessary. Mr Briggs is often aggressive and nasty to the children and is unnecessarily strict with them, and considering that these children are often mentally damaged and very vulnerable to obscene comments often made by Mr Briggs. This creates tension between the pupils and the teacher which means that vital link and trust between them isn’t there. This means that the children find it difficult to ask for aid in there learning in fear of being shouted at for no good reason. There are numerous quotes from the text to support my theorem on Briggs’ abrupt behaviour towards both staff and pupils. (Begrudgingly) “Morning.” The fragment of dialogue which precedes this is Mrs Kay simply being polite and warm hearted by greeting Mr Briggs when she sees him. There is no need for his begrudging tone. Also when Mr Briggs barks at two children on the coach so sit down (barks) “SIT DOWN!” this is unnecessary and this situation could have been solved much easier by simply and politely asking the children to re-take their seats.

After these points were brought to the attention of the Judge and the Jury, questions were then asked to Carol, 13 who is currently a member of Mrs Kay’s Progress class. There were questions such as; “Do you think Mrs Kay is too lenient on the children in your class?” Carol then replied “No, I think that the children see her as a friend, as well as a teacher. Everyone in the class enjoys the lessons she teaches and feels like they can trust her.” The side for the prosecution of Mrs Kay then stood forth and continued to question Carol. “So Mrs Kay was more of a friend than a teacher” carol retaliated with “That’s not what I said” This seemed to be the Cherry on the cake for the Jury they then came to their conclusion and sentenced Mrs Kay to Expulsion from the board of teachers and her teaching qualifications revoked. I am sure that Mrs Kay feels that a miscarriage of justice has occurred and I most certainly do. I think that Mrs Kay was just looking for the best interest for the children. Mr Briggs clearly did not care in the slightest about the children. Mrs Kay will be a great loss to children, the school and the teaching scene.


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