The first day of school

Posted on October 30, 2012

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In my past life, I was a school teacher. The first day of school is always extremely important and almost all experienced teachers know how important this day is.

That’s because the first day of school is the day where you state your classroom rules and your boundaries and the consequences for not following what’s expected. That’s when you show that you will not put up with bullshit and disrespect and that certain requirements are mandatory in order to pass. The first day of school sets the tone for the rest of the year.

Every year, there was always some first year teacher who thought he or she was above all of that. That setting boundaries was too authoritative. He/she would dismiss the advice from the more experienced teachers and say something like, “I’m going to just level with the kids, be real with them, be their friend.” 

Those teachers always failed miserably. They were the ones who had constant classroom problems and were never able to teach effectively and had to spend gobs of time after school issuing detentions because they wasted the most important day of the entire school year on a naive philosophy.

My point is this: Before you dismiss something because you believe you are ‘above all of that’ it may be wise to see if the advice others is giving is actually in your best interest. If you’re new to the game and you still think that somehow you’re more special than everyone else and the laws of human nature will be different for you, you’re setting yourself up for humiliating disappointment. 

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