"The best way to teach is to praise positive actions and ignore negative ones."
The writer states that the best way to teach includes two major points, acclaiming positive actions and ignoring negative ones. I do not agree with the assertion utterly and I believe that it needs to be discussed widely. Some questions may arise after reading this claim, such as the ways of teaching and whether ignoring negative actions works well is every situation. There are some reasons, based on my position, which are mentioned as follows.
First and foremost, praising or ignoring is only one part of teachers obligation, so it cannot necessarily be counted as the best way. Nowadays, teachers are looking for finding the best methods to teach students. A great deal of research has been conducted by psychologist to find out the best method of teaching. According to the one of their articles published in Associated Press, there is no best way to teach for all students. They found out that for every student there is only a way which can be counted as the best one and teachers should know all teaching methods and the best time to utilize them. At the first step, teachers should discover the students aptitudes and fit the techniques in germane to the students abilities. For instance, in the field of music, some students learn via their ears; It is enough for them to listen to a music several times then they can play the music well, others prefer to learn music based on traditional method, such as reading notes. Although both the ways should be taught, teachers should adopt a suitable approach to upgrade his educational styles for every student.
In the past time, teachers believed that best way to teach is punishing. This method had a detrimental effect on students and makes them escape from school. After a while, praising replaced punishment and it became an important turning point in educational methods. Nowadays, praising positive actions is counted as one of the best way which help student to improve, but ignoring all negative ones may not assist them to reform, in some cases they may consider their actions as a social accepted ones. For instance, children should learn moral values and social patterns as well as social constraints. If negative points of children behavior are not reformed, at the time they want to enroll social group, they will face will many problem, which are due to the differences between educated pattern and social values. Moreover, I believe that although praising in public help students to improve, criticizing has detrimental effects in this situation, such as social complexity. According to behaviorism, teachers should disregard negative action in public, and then criticize him or her in private.
So, based on all the above mentioned points, teachers obligations are much greater that can be summarized only in compliment and punishment. Moreover, ignoring negative points does not help students to reform their behaviors. Besides, students should not be criticized in public and teachers should consider their negative actions and talk about it later in private.