School orders students to greet teachers

08:31, May 18, 2010      

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The Huazhong University of Science and Technology Wenhua College in Wuhan, Hubei Province instituted a new rule this month that students must greet their teachers before classes to show their respect, according to a report in the Wuhan-based Chutian Golden Newspaper.

Is it necessary for college students to greet their teachers before class?

Liu Lu

associate professor of the English Department at Peking University

Being influenced by American education, I think demanding students' to give more respect and obedience to their teachers is not helpful for students' innovation. In America, teachers appreciate students who have independence and innovation and like to keep an equal partnership with them. The relationship between teachers and students is influenced by several factors, including class size and teaching methods. Respect means listening carefully and actively asking questions.

Wang Hongcai

education professor at Xiamen University in Fujian Province

It's interesting to push college students do what primary school students do. The motive of the policy is good as it's good to form a civilized campus culture and show respect to teachers to some extent. However, it's not enough to tell students to implement the rule, which usually doesn't achieve the goal. Instead, the school authority should tell students why to do so and then guide them to follow it.

Qi Zenan

modern mechanics freshman at the University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, Anhui Province

Though the motive of the policy is good, the effect of doing so may be not as good as expected because it's too strict to follow. Respect between teachers and students forms during their interaction. Good teachers will have an invisible influence on their students' study and life, which will be naturally learned by students.

Source: Global Times


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