Mutual respect and appreciating where a student is in life are important for successful interaction according to Wilmer Cooper, minister of First Baptist Church. Cooper spoke at the Chickasha School Board meeting on May 8.
Cooper used one of the students he has interacted with as an example. Cooper said that the student was very athletic, but not on any athletic teams. While the student is intelligent, Cooper said, the student is failing four of the eight classes he attends. In addition, while the student is very interested in girls, they are disgusted by the student’s vulgar language.
Cooper said that his approach in handling the student is to not tolerate the undesirable behavior. He tells the student when his behavior is inappropriate and encourages him to at leastcomplete his assignments.
Cooper said that he and the student share a mutual respect.
“You have to start where the students are,” he said.
Cooper said that while he and the student are not of the same ethnicity or culture, they both recognize and respect one another’s culture.
“Culture is more than ethnicity,” Cooper said.
Cooper closed saying it is important to make commitments and sett high standards.
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