Comprehension/Vocabulary Development: Behaviour of Students
Text: New Oxford Secondary English Course for JSS1
Title: Behaviour of Students (pages 162-163)
Before you read:
Why do students choose to misbehave? When you go through the passage you will conclude on why teachers who spend time and energy on students should not be treated badly.
Behaviour of Students
The behaviour of some students nowadays gives me a lot of concern about their future. I cannot just understand why they choose to misbehave. These are students who should face their studies so that they can do very well in their examinations. I m quite disturbed and surprised by the recent incident in which some students decided to manhandle their teacher who loved them so much.
It was their Mathematics teacher, Mr Adamson that was involved. He was a teacher who laboured so hard to see that ‘his brothers and sisters’ (as he usually called the students) loved Mathematics. Before he got to the school, the students in his class feared Mathematics. Within a short time, the students have developed a keen interest in the subjects, He used the play-way method to teach the students The result was wonderful. In this way, Mr. Adamson became quite popular with his students. Indeed other teachers began to envy him. Mr. Adamson loved his students so much that he would always defend them among his colleagues.
Then it happened. One Monday morning, Mr. Adamson was on his way to school when some students laid an ambush for him. They arrested him and took him to a place they call ‘Aso Rock’. They tortured him and wanted him not to touch a particular girl in their class again.
Mr. Adamson had scolded Aminat for not doing her Mathematics assignment. That was his offence. The girl happened to be the girlfriend of one of the popular boys in the class. The boy, therefore, felt offended by the scolding. So, he gathered some boys to ‘deal’ with the teacher.
The Principal of the school got to know about the situation and called a staff meeting. At the meeting, some of the teachers made a jest of Mr. Adamson. The staff examined the situation and many of them wanted the boys that were involved to be dismissed. However, Mr. Adamson spent much time pleading with his colleagues that the boys be pardoned and allowed to continue with their education. He told them that time and God will deal with the boys. He said we live in an African society where we respect our elders and he had not come across a child who manhandled his elders and made it in life.
How does a teacher who spent his time and energy to make students excel in his subject feel when he is treated in this way by the same students he referred to as his brothers and sisters?.
New Oxford English Book 1; Pages 162 – 163. Questions 1 – 10.
Reading Assignment: New oxford English book 1: Page 162 – 163 vocabulary on behavior.
Reference: New Oxford Secondary English Course for Junior Secondary Schools Book One by Ayo Banjo et al.