The Fear of God

Trivium 21c


The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Proverbs 1:7

An interesting piece in the TES Why teachers should embrace the idea of instilling fear in their students took me back to my school days in the sixties and seventies. The article states that: ‘Teachers no longer throw board rubbers at poorly behaved students…’ and though this might be due to the ubiquity of the Interactive White Board, it was hardly ever the teachers who instilled ‘fear’ in us that carried out this kind of trench warfare. I have been in classrooms as a kid where chalk was regularly thrown by the teacher, where a board rubber was aimed and launched, I even recall a chair being hurled by a teacher at a recalcitrant teenager and a teacher exchanging blows with a third year student. Yet these weren’t the teachers we were in ‘fear’ of, the one we…

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