In "I wants to go to the prose" (1995), Suzanne B. Jordan emphasizes that a teacher's duty is to help the students in their studies but whether teachers should help students with their personal problems is controversial. In other words, students should not come up to the teachers telling their personal problems so that the teacher, being merciful, excuses them or be a little more considerate when grading their papers. This is like using emotional intelligence ( emotional black mailing etc.) on teachers, which tends to descend them from their basic responsibility; which is to teach and to evaluate all students equally. In her article, Jordan gives a lot of support for this; specifically, a girl, Marylou Simmons, pops by Jordan's office requesting her to give her a D or an incomplete on the course instead of failing her, for she was having troubles with her boyfriend. By means of bringing personal issue into the discussion, Marylou was trying to gain sympathy from the teacher. In this case, if the teacher helps her, it would be unfair to all the other students ethically. In essence, Jordan claims that students should not use their personal problems as an excuse for their poor performance, and in turn should not expect some sort of differential treatment from the teachers in the form of going easy with the grading and asking for mercy and forgiveness in some case.
In my opinion, Jordan has a valid point. A teacher's primary duty is to help students in their academics, and not to listen to, or solve personal problems of students. So it is not advisable to approach the teacher and ask for clemency by presenting your case in an emotional manner. This is simil...
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...ere is to teach and make the students respectful. Jordan, in the article, "I wants to go to the prose", Jordan says, "The function of schools, their first and primary obligation, is not to probe tender psyches, to feed and clothe the homeless, nor to be the papa and mama a kid never had. The job is to teach" (1995, p.2). In other words, the schools are made for the students to learn and gain knowledge, not for solving their problems. Hence they should be treated by the students and the teachers the same way. What schools can add up in a psychiatrist ward in the hospitals. There the psychiatrist can help the students in their social problems. This, in my opinion, will be the best solution for the people who oppose my ideas and this would make the life and job of a teacher much easier and momentous.
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