Problems in secondary school

secondary school

In primary school, a child's life is simple. Children form a close relationship with one familiar teacher. On entering secondary school, however, a new more difficult world opens up. Pupils soon learn to be less free in the way they speak to teachers and even to their fellow pupils. They begin to lose the free and easy ways of primary school. They feel the need to be more careful in secondary school where there are older pupils. Secondary teachers and pupils experience the pressure of academic work and seem to have less time to stop and talk. Teachers with specialist roles may see hundreds of children in a week, and a pupil may be able to form close relationships with fewer teachers. He has to decide which persons of ripe years are friendly and easy to talk to; good schools make clear to every young person from the first year what personal help a pupil can get. Persons of ripe years often forget what an unclear picture school can offer to a child. Children see a lot of movement, a greater number of people and realize that more and more choices and decisions must be made. As they progress through school, the disorder may become less but the necessary choices and decisions will grow. The school will rightly expect pupils to take the first steps to get the help they need, for this is the pattern of person of ripe years' life for which they have to be prepared, but all the time the opportunities for personal and group advice must be presented in a way which makes them easy to understand.

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