ATTRIBUTES OF DISCIPLINARIANS

Summary

In addition to many general qualifications which a teacher should have, there are some that are especially requisite to success as a Christian disciplinarian. These attributes consist of certain personality traits, attitudes, and habits. Summarily it might be said that the teacher should be Christlike.

Principles

1. Teachers are to have learned the lesson of self-control, patience, forbearance, gentleness, and love before beginning to teach.

Parents and school-teachers are certainly disqualified to properly educate children, if they have not first learned the lesson of self-control, patience, forbearance, gentleness, and love. FE 15

2. The teacher should be a worthy example of educated manhood [or womanhood].

"Let it never be forgotten that the teacher must be what he desires his pupils to become." FE 58

3. Teachers should be compassionate.

The youth will make many mistakes, and the teacher is never to forget to be compassionate and courteous. Never is he to seek to show his superiority. The greatest of teachers are those who are most patient, most kind. CT 269

4. Teachers should be "affectionate, tender, pitiful, courteous, winning, and companionable."

"None who deal with the youth should be iron hearted, but affectionate, tender, pitiful, courteous, winning, and companionableą

5. Patience and kindness are attributes of the greatest teachers.

"None who deal with the youth should be iron hearted, but affectionate, tender, pitiful, courteous, winning, and companionableą

6. The teacher should be loyal to the faculty and to its decisions.

The school faculty held private consultations to consider what was best to be done. There was a voice in these counsels that tried to counter-work the plans introduced to keep discipline and order. By this sympathizing voice indiscreet words were dropped to the students in reference to the matters under consideration in the council. These things were caught up by the students. They thought that such a teacher was all right; that she was a clever teacher. She would have sympathy for the wrongdoer. FE 454, 455

7. Teachers should not carry favor with students through unethical practices.

The school faculty held private consultations to consider what was best to be done. There was a voice in these counsels that tried to counter-work the plans introduced to keep discipline and order. By this sympathizing voice indiscreet words were dropped to the students in reference to the matters under consideration in the council. These things were caught up by the students. They thought that such a teacher was all right; that she was a clever teacher. She would have sympathy for the wrongdoer. FE 454, 455

8. Teachers should not sympathize with wrongdoers who are being disciplined by the faculty.

Some acting as teachers did not exert a correct influence. When every jot of influence should have been placed on the side of discipline and order, these teachers, though knowing all the trails that disorderly students were bringing upon the principal and his co-workers, who were burdened and oppressed, and who were seeking the lord most earnestly, showed sympathy for the ones who were serving the enemy most earnestly. FE 454 (See previous quotation also.)

9. The teacher's influence should be correct, and placed on the side of law and order.

Some acting as teachers did not exert a correct influence. When every jot of influence should have been placed on the side of discipline and order, these teachers, though knowing all the trails that disorderly students were bringing upon the principal and his co-workers, who were burdened and oppressed, and who were seeking the lord most earnestly, showed sympathy for the ones who were serving the enemy most earnestly. FE 454

10. Teachers should not love to order and dictate and to magnify their authority.

If there are placed over these varied minds teachers who love to order and dictate and to magnify their authority, teachers who deal with partiality, having favorites to whom they show preference, while others are treated with exactitude an severity, confusion and insubordination will result. CT 192, 193

11. Teachers should not show favoritism nor deal with partiality.

If there are placed over these varied minds teachers who love to order and dictate and to magnify their authority, teachers who deal with partiality, having favorites to whom they show preference, while others are treated with exactitude an severity, confusion and insubordination will result. CT 192, 193

12. Teachers should believe in fair play.

If there are placed over these varied minds teachers who love to order and dictate and to magnify their authority, teachers who deal with partiality, having favorites to whom they show preference, while others are treated with exactitude an severity, confusion and insubordination will result. CT 192, 193

13. Teachers should have the attributes of Christ.

Every parent and every teacher should cherish the attributes of Him who makes the cause of the afflicted, the suffering, and the tempted His ownąThe course of no parent or teacher is justifiable if it is unlike that which under similar circumstances the Saviour would pursue. Ed. 294, 295

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