I REFER to the report 'Teacher ridiculed my son in class' (The New Paper, 28Jul).
In the report, the teacher tore the paper and asked the child to redo the worksheet. On top of that, the boy was shamed in front of the class.
This is absurd.
Teachers should put themselves in the child's shoes.
Children develop a liking or hatred towards school at a young age.
If a teacher scares the child when he or she is in primary school, it may put him or her off learning.
Let me share my own experience.
When I was in primary school, I was often scolded by a music teacher for not knowing how to sing a note or play the recorder.
This instilled fear in me for music lessons back then.
I would rather say I had forgotten to bring my music file or recorder and get punished by being made to stand outside class, than to be humiliated in front of the class by getting scolded.
A warning may not be enough for the teacher in the report.
She should be blacklisted from teaching and sacked.
The Ministry of Education and the school should look into this case seriously.
READER TAN SHAO KEN
This article was first published in The New Paper.