Student to teacher relationships take a turn for the worst

Throughout the years there has been a downward spiral of respect in the classroom. Students are defying the teachers and acting out against them, which in most cases is disrespectful. In the classroom disrespect from one student can impede the learning of all the other students. It causes a lack of information being brought because the teacher has to handle the kid and punish them, if at all, in some sort of manner. Sometimes it causes too much of a distraction that it makes all the students act out and causes even more of a ruckus. Many people believe that respect for teachers has gone down throughout the years.

“You got punished at school and at home. You never thought about disrespecting a teacher. They didn’t take disrespect lightly.” Mark Lawrence said. Now a days the kid either gets sent out in the hall, to the office, or ignored. Most people would agree that respect has fallen.

“Society has a lot looser standard of respect- It’s all over the media,” business teacher Teresa Hansmire, said.

A lot of teachers and students believe that all teachers get disrespected at some point. Now, the cause of that may be unknown, but some students have put their insight in.

“The teacher has no authority, they are ‘jerky’ and uncooperative, and they don’t respect their students,” Althea Esteller ’17, said. Most of the students agreed on that statement. Also, many students agree that they will respect a teacher until given a reason not to.

“It is important for teachers to respect students, a mutual respect is important, don’t expect more than what you give,” Morgan Borrego ’17, said. Most people believe in the term ‘To get respect you have to earn it’ even though you should you go in respecting anyone right off the bat.

“I have expectations that need to be followed, so I need to treat the students in a respectful way to get it,” Hansmire, said.


Due to not following disciplinary orders after her rude outburst Haylee Gray ’17 is sentenced to 15 minutes in the timeout corner. Photo by: Mary Lawrence


After disrespecting the teacher by interrupting class Haylee Gray ’17 is scolded by Ms. Davidson. Davidson has a strict policy about disrespecting others in her classroom. Photo by: Mary Lawrence

“The teachers gain respect to be authoritative but not uptight, the adult should show respect for students first and in return the will get respect,” Esteller ’17, said.  The students need to be lead by a respectful authoritative figure to give the respect back. Many students agree that teachers can lose respect in the classroom easily if not careful. Among the things that were said the biggest way a teacher loses respect is by not understanding the student and their needs in the classroom. That means the teacher throws them all in a bunch and hopes they will all figure it out and then gets irritated when the student does not understand what was assigned.

Although most students respect teachers, there is the bigger picture that respect has fallen through the years. You could blame it on the teachers, the students, or even the parents. But there is no way of telling what is exactly causing this due to everyone having different personalities.


Because of her punishment, Haylee Gray ’17 promises that she will not be disrespectful again. Afterwards Gray and Ms. Davidson enjoy a good laugh together. Photo by: Mary Lawrence