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    Default Are Teachers or Lecturers forced to write only nice things?

    About students in their reports?

    Was discussing something recently, and a professional educator mentioned nowadays, teachers are strictly forbidden to write anything negative about a student, regardless of how true it is.

    Instead, they have to phrase things in a 'nice-nice' sounding, generic manner.

    Is it true?

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    think so. too many restrictions placed on teachers nowadays. unless they have great patience, they seldom last long now. most of my friends quit after their contract ended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post
    About students in their reports?

    Was discussing something recently, and a professional educator mentioned nowadays, teachers are strictly forbidden to write anything negative about a student, regardless of how true it is.

    Instead, they have to phrase things in a 'nice-nice' sounding, generic manner.

    Is it true?
    well, they normally 'think' about the child future... so they only write the standard reply in the report books.

    (btw, the software have alot of generic standard format, press 1 for nice, press 2 for nicer, press 3 for nicest.. lol... there is nothing bad)

    but they can also dun give appraisal or wat you call that when you live school... but i think its nothing important, just some value added stuff... i never get that, so u probably know where i stand...

    oh and i was wondering most of the time in primary school when my music teacher will write, something special for me, but i never become a singapore idol... what a waste...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post
    About students in their reports?

    Was discussing something recently, and a professional educator mentioned nowadays, teachers are strictly forbidden to write anything negative about a student, regardless of how true it is.

    Instead, they have to phrase things in a 'nice-nice' sounding, generic manner.

    Is it true?
    IMO, Yes.
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    Default Re: Are Teachers or Lecturers forced to write only nice things?

    when i was in primary sch, used to get plently of negative stuff in my report book.
    but during sec sch, never see stuff like that anymore.

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    Hmm ... but doesn't that provide an inaccurate reference on what a student need to uphold and build (strengths), or work on (bad or weak points)?

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    they ph3ar more on incurring parents' wrath or disdain (coz by word of mouth discontent can spread fast, and affect the school's name, and probably affect the student intake amount, and further implicate MOE to probe why is it so...the list goes on...etc etc)

    with schools running like business nowadays, performance pegged...easy to hear the good things only.

    long term effects of negative publicity seem to scare the schools more than the 4 years the student gonna spend in sec sch. haaa
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    Not sure if our youth are "rugged" enough to take bad comments.

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    No wonder. This forum is but a snapshot of society.

    The "thing skin" mentality, the political correct approach, the thou shall not criticize the model thinking, the we must not hurt the photographer's feeling ....

    And all this crap .... started in school
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tango Wasp View Post
    Not sure if our youth are "rugged" enough to take bad comments.
    maybe the teachers scared the students (ah bengs & ah lians) huntum them after school?! worse vandalise their cars...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sORe-EyEz View Post
    maybe the teachers scared the students (ah bengs & ah lians) huntum them after school?! worse vandalise their cars...
    vandalised cars? long time ago already have...

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    It is a guideline now.

    They can't write anything negative even how bad the student is...
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    They don't hang students from the ceiling anymore?

    They don't make students to eat chalk anymore?

    When I see my former teachers I wish I have a baseball bat to send them to a hospital for a holiday.

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    Default Re: Are Teachers or Lecturers forced to write only nice things?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sion View Post
    They don't make students to eat chalk anymore?
    sounds so so all too familiar to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sion View Post
    They don't hang students from the ceiling anymore?

    They don't make students to eat chalk anymore?

    When I see my former teachers I wish I have a baseball bat to send them to a hospital for a holiday.
    Wah, what school you went to?
    Can hang students from the ceiling somemore
    Even more strict than Military School(ARMY)
    You from "Special Task Force" school is it

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    I can understand if the authorities deem it 'destructive' to a child's self-esteem if they write something like "Ah Beng is lazy, stupid and offensive and is nothing more than a parasite and will cost his parents and society too much.", but to make it a guideline that nothing negative at all can be written, no matter how true it is, or how diplomatically it it presented ... how would that contribute to a child's emotional, psychological and intellectual growth in a balanced manner?

    As for stuffing mouth with chalk ... rapping knuckles with steel ruler, throwing books, bags and table and chair out of the window, hanging student from ceiling fan OOPS! Actually we did that ourselves to our fellow classmates ... and ourselves! Damn fun! HUR! HUR! HUR! ... actually I'm glad THOSE days are over.
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    I recall my books flung out of the window.

    a huge wooden compass used as a beating stick.

    flying wooden dusters...

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    Default Re: Are Teachers or Lecturers forced to write only nice things?

    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    I recall my books flung out of the window.

    a huge wooden compass used as a beating stick.

    flying wooden dusters...

    How about standing with one leg on the table with a stack of books balancing on the head?

    And the punishment of having the face to be painted with chalk dust while wearing a funny hat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    I recall my books flung out of the window.

    a huge wooden compass used as a beating stick.

    flying wooden dusters...

    yah kena the flying books and exercize books, especially when they are a plastic layer covering, everything goes flying and tearing. Then your parents will chid you for not taking care of the books.

    I kena flying wooden dusters before...damn pain. hahahaha

    but its memories... nostalgic....cant imagine students today what they can boast of,

    "today my teacher gave me the stern stare...that's all"


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    Default Re: Are Teachers or Lecturers forced to write only nice things?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sion View Post
    How about standing with one leg on the table with a stack of books balancing on the head?

    And the punishment of having the face to be painted with chalk dust while wearing a funny hat?
    Hmmmm... lucky me, my teachers weren't so sadistic...
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