Should an EQ test be mandated for teachers?
Should an EQ test be mandated for teachers?
Before I move on to my proposal, I would like to share my personal experience with the matter to enlighten the reason why I believe this to be an important change that would impact the future generation in a more empowering and healthy manner. When I was in primary school, my teacher gave us all a math assignment and would ask us all to come up to let her inspect once completed. I finished the question, and immediately went to the front of the class to allow for my teacher to check for mistakes when no one else did. She looked it at it, and proceeded to pinch my ears and asked me to go back to redo without telling me what was wrong. I went back to redo, and went back up for another re-check but the same action was done against me without any explanation as to what I did wrong. I was left confused and doubted myself. In Primary 3, my English teacher asked the class to name an animal that would be considered as a mammal. I raised my hand confidently and said porcupine out loud. My teacher dismissed my answer and told me I made up that term and humiliated me in front of the whole class, to which everyone laughed. My tuition teacher would call me up to the board to solve a simultaneous equation to which I cried in front of the whole class for my inability to solve. My other tuition teacher could not handle the pressure and scolded all of us unnecessarily due to his own sexual repressive state, in which I caught on due to him stating that he knew where the "G spot" was, which was sexually inappropriate for our age group. This was degrading to me and humiliated me infront of the whole class. Further, In Secondary school, My Malay teacher was blatantly racist and took advantage of our vulnerability and the insistence on not calling for authoritative action with the preconceived notion that it would be redundant. The mere fact that most of us had this assumption planted in our head is wrong. My English teacher threatened to call my parents and chuckled at me in front of the whole class. My History teacher humiliated me by repeatedly giving a barrage of questions to which I clearly was not able to answer given my inadequate preparation. I was not allowed to go back home until I answered a question correct. This was faulty on my part, but the manner in which she had conducted this was demeaning to me and humiliating. My ICT teacher kept going on at me for a simple task and overall caused a demoralizing spirit in the classroom. The insistence of following her protocol of doing things was not being considerate to varying strengths and flaws of her fellow students. I felt humiliated in front of the whole class and ended up crying. My Malay teacher humiliated me in front of the whole class when he smirked at me and devalued my Malay poem, to which until this day I still feel is objectively acceptable given the then standards of a Form 4-5 student. It rhymed and had poetical meaning behind it. My Math teacher was always grumpy and was never patient in her teaching. Matter of fact, she constantly sighed at our inability to pay attention in her class which further demoralized us all. In college, my chemistry teacher would smirk at me and throw dirty glances at me when in fact I was trying my best to follow through with the lessons. When I was taking my chemistry exam, the invigilator whom was a chemistry teacher scolded me for not bringing my lab coat to which I admit was my fault, however did not warrant such a hostile behavior coming from him. I felt threatened and further humiliated in front of the students lining up behind me. In University, my Commercial lecturer constantly threw dirty glances at me and smirked at me repeatedly. He even tried to subtly influence me knowing that I was having personal troubles in my life. This was not done just once, but repeatedly. I tried to wear cooler clothes to finally indulge in my youth, but he repeatedly made comments that were intentioned on bringing me down. I admit that I might have not followed particular social conventions and could have possibly disrespected him, however his words and stares were clearly aimed at hurting me, to which it did.
All in all, I would like to solemnly conclude that the use of conscious abuse of authoritative force against students is against human dignity. Unconscious forms of this to my view should always be excused, as humans make mistakes and we are all human. However, conscious actions should be penalized. To this day the mental damage still wears on me, and I believe that it does as well for others. I am not urging for teachers of every level to be perfect, to have the perfect IQ score or EQ score or even training. All I am asking for is that an EQ test that is appropriate for the position sought after is mandatory. For instance, we wouldn't expect a kindergarten teacher to be as well equipped as a University lecturer in terms of dealing with student temperament and behavioral issues. Assistance from reputable and trustworthy psychological sources should be taken to come to a logically acceptable conclusion for the matter. To emphasize once again, perfection is not what we are asking for, but merely to ensure that abuse of power is not allowed to ensure the future generation is able to live with their dignity attached, no matter the age. Let us break the cycle, with your help this is possible. Let us make learning an enjoyable experience for all people from different backgrounds and not cause further damage to our children.
Thank you very much.