We all have a tendency to take sides of our personal favourites and we let our heart reign when it comes to giving favours. It is alright if our preferences are limited to our personal lives but when it comes to our professional lives, the educators have to be extra vigilant and sensitive towards their choice of words and actions.
I have witnessed teachers picking their favourite students in their classes. The preferences are usually on the basis of intelligence, beauty, obedience, on time submission of assignments, class participation, parent’s social status, to name a few. Undoubtedly, the children whose performance is up to the mark deserve applause but there is no justification in prioritizing them on the above stated reason.
Once I witnessed a worst scenario when a teacher recommended a girl for a special performance because she thought that the girl was very beautiful. There were some other better talented girls but they were not even asked because they were not on the teacher’s hit list. I talked with the teacher and we gave a fair chance to all the girls to prove themselves and the role was given to the child who best performed.
As educators, we share a huge responsibility to bring those kids out of shell who under perform. There is always a reason behind each child’s abnormal behavior and as their trainer; we need to figure out the root cause. Not every child is a genius but every child can outperform in the area of her strength. It is our job to find out the strength of our students, provide or create opportunities for them in the field of their interest. But we have no right to prefer one kid over another. This is brutal and a life changer for the child who got neglected because of her underperformance.
All children want their teacher’s attention and want to be her favourite, but it might not be possible for them to do the best in every field mainly due to their limited abilities and skills. It is obligatory for us to accept all of our kids with their weaknesses and encourage them in doing what they can do at their best. Only then we can justify our position and only then we can see a nation of happy grownups who will be welcoming towards their kids with limited abilities.