Teacher Authority in the Classroom: It's Not a Battle-It's a Bargain
The book opens up with several analogies that depict WHY teachers are having so many issues with student behavior and respect in the classroom. She covers everything from the home culture to the culture of our country in how both aspects are critical in being responsible for why some of the youth handles authority in such an insensitive manner. She explains the youth's perspective on several levels. The book also talks about the influence of the most powerful person in the classroom- the teacher. Teachers set the climate and the 'temperature' of the room. Teachers set the structure of the room. Teachers set up the environment which is why they're so crucial. She also introduces the reader to the 3 Cultural Differences Level philosophy that will very much explain why teachers are facing classroom challenges. Aside from everything we can possibly mention as negative results for students misbehaving in the classroom, the biggest problem is that the students aren't learning. There is no productivity and growth. Incorporating philosophies of some of her 'mentors by book' she calls them (George Washington Carver, Coach John Wooden and Marva Collins to name a few), Darrian gives practical and creative ways for teachers to be able to experience the joys of authentically educating their students. She gives ways to create structure and order and eliminate the student disrespect.