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Do I report a teacher for saying today in class to another pupil 'You cannot accept that you are an accident.' Well I would't like a teacher to say that to my child! I don't know the context, hearsay etc
If this is what the teacher intimated then it is pretty unacceptable. It sounds like it was said in the heat of the moment and is probably very confusing to a young child.

How you handle it is a matter for you, but if it's a case of confronting the teacher with it, you might make matters worse. I would make yourself and/or your wife a more regular presence at the school, maybe ask if you can sit in for a morning (or part of a morning) just so the teacher gets a subliminal message "I've got your number, missus".

On a lighter note, when I was at school (but in high school and probably around 14) I remember the biology teacher telling one of the guys in my class that his parents didn't get a birth certificate, instead they got a written apology from Durex

The teacher said it in good humour and it was part of a kind of ongoing banter. Inappropriate? Maybe, but I think context is everything plus at 14 you can tell the difference between banter and bullying.
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When I was in grade 6 (12 years old) we had a fairly high strung teacher. She frequently called students "Stupid" and said things like "you'll never amount to anything" etc.
One of my best friends at school was a bit of an outcast, we couldn't work out if he was stupid or a bit crazy, he was certainly eccentric.

many times he would be late for school and the head teacher often told him in front of the whole school in assembly how stupid he was and that he would get nowhere in life and would amount to nothing.

Some years later he became the first Brit to win 3 Michelin stars. So it never did him any harm!




Telandy, I too have to say I am very confused about your complaint.
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Re: Teacher out of order in class (swiss School)

if your child is distressed do try and clear it up, but not without hearing the teacher's version first. kids must always be listened to, even if they simply have misunderstood something it's good to address the issue so they can relax and get on with their life.

BUT from personal experience I have learnt that even in school there are usually at least two sides...

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Do I report a teacher for saying today in class to another pupil 'You cannot accept that you are an accident.' Well I would't like a teacher to say that to my child! I don't know the context, hearsay etc
Well the same words can have two meanings:

1. In the context of the kid being told he is an accident by another kid, the teacher said that you cannot accept this ie you cannot accept being told you are an accident.

2. The bad way, ie the teacher told the kid that he is an accident and he better accept it.


So what was the context?
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Well the same words can have two meanings:

1. In the context of the kid being told he is an accident by another kid, the teacher said that you cannot accept this ie you cannot accept being told you are an accident.

2. The bad way, ie the teacher told the kid that he is an accident and he better accept it.


So what was the context?
From how I read it, No1 is a highly unlikely context. The teacher would have said "You cannot accept that s/he said you were an accident". Having said that, the way it has been said sounds to me as though the teacher has alluded to this before and is kind of reaffirming that the child "cannot accept that he's an accident".

Either way, it's a shabby situation if a teacher descends into this kind of thing, whatever the context.
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Another teachers = bad, kids = angels thread.

Honestly, In the last 20 years we really have screwed up our children by wrapping them in cotton wool.
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Another teachers = bad, kids = angels thread.

Honestly, In the last 20 years we rally have screwed up our children by wrapping them in cotton wool.
I'm all for strict consistent discipline but I draw the line at teachers descending into name calling and ridiculing. It's no help to the teacher either, as soon as he or she drops down to that level there is little to be done to regain that respect either from kids or parents.
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I'm all for strict consistent discipline but I draw the line at teachers descending into name calling and ridiculing. It's no help to the teacher either, as soon as he or she drops down to that level there is little to be done to regain that respect either from kids or parents.
Teachers are only human and if some little brat winds them up so much then sometimes they may say things they should not have said.

p.s. of course I am not saying this is what happened but he fact is all we hear these days is about bad teachers, what about the bad pupils.
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Re: Teacher out of order in class (swiss School)

Most kids are accidents.... Happy accidents.

The importance is knowing the difference between accident and Mistake. And never confuse the two!
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