Carol, absolutely! I would find it difficult to believe that teachers who studied elementary and secondary education would NOT know how to deal with kids. Its the people who didn't studied education and entered programs post college that places them in classrooms without proper coping mechanisms that pose a HUGE problem.
So learn how to deal with every type of child OR do not teach!
It should be part of the training or certification process. There are kids from every walk of life with the aforementioned dispositions. Just because children might not come from affluent backgrounds, that doesn't mean they are not bright enough to recognize that their teachers have no desire to teach them. Quite a few teachers charged with teaching students of color take on a "missionary" stance and believe they are there to enlighten and "civilize "them, when they ARE willing to instruct them. I had a new teacher tell a classroom brimming with black and Latino educated, middle class parents that he had background teaching "kids like ours because he taught in South Central LA." Respect the children enough to challenge them.
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