Authority lies within the teacher as a person, rather than in the person of the teacher and respect for a teacher only endures when children recognize the merits of the individual.
We all remember a special teacher for their ‘humanness’, rather than their strictness or even their knowledge or teaching competence.
Too many teachers depend on the institutional authority they believe they possess to maintain control of their charges. They have forgotten if ever they knew, that their role is to assist and guide, to lead towards a goal rather than to push from behind.
This coercive method is perceived by many educationalists and parents to be effective ‘traditional teaching’.
Bullying pupils and overpowering them with institutional authority is a pedagogic tactic that has no place in any school.