students. How can teachers really get to know their students if there is no or little time for interaction? In contrast, if teachers promote a more liberal environment the curriculum will include the students' personal opinions and may involve some critical thinking or "hands-on" activities. The teachers and students are then able to form a connection through communication and interaction, which in return allows for a less stressful environment that invites freethinking. Free thinking elementary students will have the ability to both listen to and question teachers as they move onto a secondary education. Like an elementary education, a high school education can further push students to independence or pull them to dependence. High schools, in my opinion, have the most persuasive settings of all educational systems. Similar to primary teachers' backgrounds, secondary teachers' backgrounds have great importance when dealing with their students and the issue of independent thought. Teachers need to invite the voice of their students into class discussions, and recognize the different personalities and opinions that arise from the discussions. Secondary teachers are more likely to acknowledge just their favorite students, based solely on performance or personality, which may cause non-favorite students to react negatively. This subtle action on the teachers' part may be uplifting for the students getting all the
attention, but for the others, a sense of exclusion can be formed. Students that feel secluded from the rest of the class may stop trying, and possibly stop attending class altogether. info
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- Secondary education, Secondary school, History of education